Last night we had some good friends in for some long overdue catching up. We had decided on appetizers for dinner so we could just graze and talk. One of our appetizers was this crab dip.
Over thirty years ago I met two people who would become lifelong friends – Steve & Corrie. We met when he worked with my dad and we all had such a good time together - their parents made any gathering into a party – especially Corrie’s dad! My sons are still reduced to giggles when we talk about our last dinner with him! And I clearly remember Steve’s mom giving me a little bit of mothering advice during a Juvenille Diabetes walk when Marc was about four and acting crazy silly. Sadly, Corrie’s parents are no longer with us and Steve’s mom has passed, too. I am thankful for the memories of them and my life is fuller for having known them.
This recipe was Steve’s mom’s and I hadn't made it in twenty years. The smell, the taste – it instantly took me back in time. It is amazing that food is so powerful in emotional and physical ways. That a smell or taste can bring back such strong and wonderful memories is wild to me. It’s important for me to be reminded of this so I have empathy for new Feingold families making big changes in their family’s diets.
Anyway, back to crab dip. Nothing could be easier to prepare. I made a few minor changes to cut the fat – while that wasn’t a problem in my twenties things are a lot different in my fifties! I subbed half the cream cheese for fat free Greek yogurt and omitted the mayo originally called for. Tweaked the mustard and lowered the sugar. Tasted just as yummy to me as the original. Not the least bit "healthy" tasting and, in fact, quite decadent!
Killer Crab Dip
12 ounces Cream Cheese (1 & ½ 8 ounce blocks)
12 ounces Greek Yogurt – fat free
¼ - ½ cup White Wine
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt & Pepper to taste
Melt all of the above over low heat, stirring occasionally.
3 6 ounce cans Crab Meat
Mix and warm through. Can be served warm or cool with your favorite gluten free crackers and/or mixed raw veggies.