So this year I wanted to share a little of my family's habits with Ant who is from up-state New York and only seems to associate New Year's with alcohol. (Not much drinking happening for this baby bump ; ) And what could be more Maryland than crab?
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
garlic powder to taste
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 pound fresh crabmeat
3 dashes hot sauce
Old Bay Seasoning to taste
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a 1 quart baking dish.
In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, garlic powder and about 2 tablespoons of the Cheddar cheese. Fold in crabmeat, hot sauce and 2 tablespoons seafood seasoning.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining Cheddar cheese and seafood seasoning. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned.
Serve with a good french bread, butter crackers, or even as a topping for soft pretzels.
Unfortunately Ant has never had the "real stuff" and I didn't have any resident Marylanders around to speak to this recipe's authenticity, but Ant really seemed to like it, and most of the reviewers seem to as well. I did change the amount of spice though and only used one dash of tabasco and about a tablespoon worth of Old Bay. I'll have to try it again at our next family get together and see what the rest of the bunch has to say about it.
Do you have any "traditional" New Year's dishes at your house?