Easy Hot Crab Spinach Dip Baked in French Bread

By Anne-Marie Nichols

Easy Hot Crab Spinach Dip Baked in French Bread

This Easy Hot Crab Spinach Dip in Baked French Dip Bread is a wholesome party dip that's ideal for your St. Patrick’s Day party or any get together!

First, it goes with the green holiday theme. It can be made last minute and it's good for you, too.

This easy dip recipe is from my frequent contributor, Holly Clegg's, Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook. It will surely become a go to favorite for all your parties, not just St. Patrick’s Day.

After all, who doesn't love crab dip or spinach dip?

This recipe combines both favorites, adds a little heat (literally and with a little cayenne pepper), and serves it up in a bread bowl.

This hot crab and spinach dip that will soon become a party appetizer classic at your house and something your friends will request that you bring to their potlucks, too!

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Serve Easy Hot Crab Spinach Dip at your St. Patrick’s Day party!

One thing comes to mind when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day – GREEN! I love to serve green foods on the March holiday. 

And St. Patrick’s is the perfect excuse to eat your greens all month long.

If you like spinach dip, then Easy Hot Crab Spinach Dip Baked in French Bread is as good as it gets.

Did you know buttery green avocados are considered a fruit? Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated (good) fat and one of the most nutrient-dense foods around.

They’re high in fiber. Ounce for ounce, avocados top the charts among all fruits for folate, potassium, and vitamin E.

This Easy Hot Crab Spinach Dip recipe is also great for entertaining since it’s served in a bread bowl, it’s easy to clean up!

This St. Patrick’s Day month, there is no excuse not to eat healthy, trim&TERRIFIC – so dig into greens!

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This Mama Cooks Easy Hot Crab Spinach Dip recipe tips

When making the Easy Hot Crab Spinach Dip, cube the extra bread to serve with the dip. Or you can serve the crab dip with crackers or chips.

Prepare dip ahead of time, refrigerate, and transfer to the bread bowl when it’s ready to bake.

You can use frozen or canned crabmeat. Another alternative is Trans-Ocean Crab Classic, an imitation crab. It’s very affordable and gluten free.

This dip recipe can be made gluten free by using an all-purpose gluten free flour. Serve it with gluten free crackers, gluten free bread, or vegetable crudité instead of the French bread.

More awesome recipes from Holly Clegg

Easy Chicken Stew with Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa

Blueberry Muffin Streusel Cake

Easy & Quick Chili

Ahi Tuna Tacos

Berry Good Oatmeal Cookie Cake

Easy Hot Crab Spinach Dip Baked in French Bread

Easy Hot Crab Spinach Dip Baked in French Bread

nutritional information for dip only

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, drained and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup shredded, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 pound lump or white crab meat, picked through for shells
  • 1 avocado, pitted and chopped
  • 1 loaf French bread

Directions

  1. In nonstick pot, melt butter and add flour, stirring 1 minute. Add garlic and continue stirring. Gradually add half-and-half and milk, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
  2. Add cayenne pepper, mustard, salt, pepper, spinach, and cheese, cooking and stirring until cheese is melted. Gently fold in crab meat and avocado.
  3. Slice thin slice off top of French bread and scoop out soft inside bread leaving a shell. Fill with crab-spinach mixture, and bake 20–25 minutes or until bubbly. Cover top of bread with foil if it begins to brown.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: Makes 16 servings
  • Serving size: 1/4-cup
  • Calories: 111
  • Calories from Fat: 46 (41%)
  • Total Fat: 5g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 194mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Cholesterol: 29mg

Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 carbohydrate, 1 1/2 lean meat

Recipe and photo used with permission.

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