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Shrimp and Crab Dip

This Shrimp and Crab Dip recipe is an easy to whip up and can be served hot or cold. Loaded with sweet and plump shrimp and crab, this crab dip will soon be a family favorite. Sponsored by Boulder Canyon Potato Chips.

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There’s a debate going on right now in my house. Are plain potatoes for snacking alone or for dipping? When you have teens in the house, you are constantly buying food – especially with two teenage boys. I buy a large bag of potato chips so Middle Child can use the chips for dipping in mast-o khiar (Persian yogurt with cucumbers).

Well, my almost 18-year old Professor finds the chips and inhales the bag. Then my Princess comes finding me, looking for the chips for dipping and low and behold, the chips are gone. I tell my eldest, “Honey, plain potato chips are for dipping, but the flavored ones are there to enjoy alone. Stop eating our chips if you aren’t gonna dip!”

And the cycle continues, back and forth bickering amongst the kids. The Professor insists that the plain potato chips are fair game to eat alone, the rest of us argue they are best for dipping. But I have to say, there are certain brands of potato chips that really are amazing alone or dipless.

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About Boulder Canyon Potato Chips

My family has been enjoying Boulder Canyon Potato Chips for years. Their thick and crunchy chips are full of flavor and perfect for dipping – or enjoying alone. And they come in a variety flavors to satisfy all the different personalities and preferences in your family.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Boulder Canyon has recently redesigned their bags and I’m loving their bright and beautiful colors. Despite the new design, it is still the same delicious chip inside. I personally love the flavors of the Buffalo Ranch. Middle Child and Princess inhaled the Malt Vinegar and Sea Salt variety. And of course, the Professor inhaled one of the many plain varieties happily on his own.

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If you didn’t know, the mountains featured on the bags of Boulder Canyon chips are the Flatirons. A few years ago, the family and I visited Boulder, Colorado and stayed in a cabin right next to the beautiful Flatirons. Luckily, it was during the summer months and the weather was beautiful and the views were spectacular. We definitely hope to visit this area again.

No matter what path you take, whether you are enjoying a snack while watching a movie or having a picnic at the park, there’s a Boulder Canyon chip for the occasion. And no matter what flavor you like, Boulder Canyon chips can be enjoyed alone or with your favorite dip.

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How to make Shrimp and Crab Dip

My path usually takes my bag of chips to a bowl of dip. You see, I’m a HUGE dip fan. Cheesy, creamy, yogurty, corny, avocado-y, I love all dips, I make all dips, and I eat all dips. And this Shrimp and Crab dip is definitely a favorite of mine.

And best of all, this dip is ready quick, too. The base is cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream whipped to a frenzy until smooth and creamy. You can use all lump crab meat or do what I did and mix a combination of chopped shrimp and crab. Some celery adds crunch and fresh dill gives the dip such great flavor.

I prepared this dip to be a cold dip, but you can also serve it up as a warm crab dip. Just transfer your dip into an oven safe dish and bake at 350ºF until bubbly, about 20 minutes.

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What is lump crab meat?

Lump crab meat is the crab meat you find in a can. It is basically a combination of broken pieces of jumbo lump and a special grade of crab meat. It is more economical to buy lump crab meat than to pull out the meat from crab legs. And less work, too! You can use lump crab meat for all kinds recipes including dips and crab cakes.

You can also use imitation crab meat for this dip. I know purists knock down the imitation crab, but it is cheaper than lump crab and is a good alternative if you are on a budget.

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How long will crab dip last in the refrigerator?

You can easily prepare your crab dip a day before your party. Just keep it refrigerated in an airtight container. You’ll find that the flavor is better with this extra time.

And if you end up with any leftovers, you can store your crab dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days.

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Hope you enjoy this crab dip recipe. It’s got great flavor and lots of seafood goodness stuffed inside. And these Boulder Canyon chips are thick enough to be the perfect chip for dipping!

Yield: serves 6

Shrimp and Crab Dip

Shrimp and Crab Dip
This Shrimp and Crab Dip recipe is an easy to whip up and can be served hot or cold. Loaded with sweet and plump shrimp and crab, this crab dip will soon be a family favorite.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz lump crab and cooked shrimp, chopped
  • 5 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to blend together cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream until smooth.
  2. Mix in celery, green onions, dill, lemon juice and remaining spices until thoroughly combined.
  3. Fold in shrimp and crab.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. The longer it sits, the better the flavor.
  5. If you want to serve this dip warm, place contents in an oven-safe dish and bake at 350ºF until bubbly, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

approximately 1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 219 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 100mg Sodium: 642mg Carbohydrates: 4g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 12g
Disclosure: I received a stipend to write a post about Boulder Canyon potato chips. The story I have written is all true, and the opinions are truly mine. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it.