Here in Florida, we have an abundance of fresh fish and seafood. What better way to showcase the versatility of crabmeat, than a quick and easy dip or spread made with Old St Augustine Gourmet Datil Pepper Products for that spicy touch.
Fresh crabs are only available for a short time each year, and although they’re amazingly delicious when they’re fresh off the boat, picking through all those shells to get at the succulent, juicy meat is a lot of work. Here I’ve used wild caught crabmeat that’s already been shelled, picked through and packaged for convenience. Please be sure you double check the crabmeat, however, as little pieces of shell do sometimes make it through the process. Your guests will appreciate not chomping down on a shell or breaking a tooth while trying to scrape the last little bits of dip out of the bowl.
Buy the best quality crabmeat you can get. It’s expensive, so you probably won’t make this recipe all the time, but occasionally you have to go all out for family and friends. They’re worth it and so are you. Fresh From Florida Crab Dip made with Old St Augustine Gourmet Datil Zest, Snake Bite Datil Pepper Hot Sauce and Fountain of Youth Datil Marinade I doctored-up a recipe posted by a friend on Facebook. Thanks for the idea, Tami Hall-Hubbard! You’re an inspiration, losing over 100 pounds and getting into great shape has been an adventure I know you are proud of and gladly share with others to help them realize their dreams of being the best person they can be. Please keep sharing those wonderful diet-worthy recipes.
By doctored-up, of course I mean that I substituted my Old St Augustine Gourmet Datil Pepper products for some of the ingredients in the original recipe. Fountain of Youth Datil Marinade in place of Worcestershire sauce, Snake Bite Datil Pepper Hot Sauce for your average off the grocery store shelf hot sauce, and Datil Zest Fresh From Florida Orange, Lemon, Lime and Datil Pepper Seasoning Blend for the Old Bay.
Old St Augustine Gourmet Datil Pepper products fit perfectly into a healthy diet plan as they’re all-natural, low in calories, low in sodium compared with a lot of other products on the market, and loaded with spicy datil pepper deliciousness. By using light cream cheese, light mayo and reduced-fat Parmesan cheese, you can cut the calories substantially while not losing anything in flavor. Ripe Golden Datil Peppers from St. Augustine, Florida If you’ve never had a datil pepper, you don’t know what you’re missing. They’re St. Augustine’s own little golden gem. Fruity but spicy, they bring out the flavor in almost any dish you add them to. They’re about the same heat level as a habanero, but with a much more well-rounded flavor.
Seafood loves the datil pepper. Not to say this dip wouldn’t be good without it, but why compromise flavor when you can take it up a notch by adding datils. When you layer the flavors in a dish, and do it well, you take something ordinary and make it extraordinary. I’ve taken the guesswork out of combining those flavors, so all you have to do is add a little, or a lot of one or more of these amazing Old St Augustine Gourmet products to elevate your dish to culinary masterpiece status. The products are designed to work well together, so you almost can’t go wrong. Here’s a little background on the products I used in this gourmet crab dip. World Hot Sauce & International Flavor Awards Winning Fountain of Youth Datil Marinade
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT CRABMEAT in the bowl of an electric mixer and blend until well combined.
Fold in crabmeat by hand with a large spoon or spatula.
Place into an ovenproof baking dish and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes, or until dip is golden and bubbly.
Remove from oven and garnish with crab claws and green onions.
Serve hot with raw veggies or crackers for dipping.
To make ahead, go through step 3, then cover and refrigerate for no more than one day. Remove from refrigerator, preheat oven and bake according to directions in step 4.
You can serve this dip cold, but I much prefer it hot from the oven, with the sweet, succulent crab bathed in melted cheese and over the top spicy datil pepper goodness. Needless to say, it didn’t last long enough to worry about any leftovers. My guess is that you’ll have your guests begging for more. They don’t have to know how easy it was to make. Let them think you slaved for hours in the kitchen. Florida Datil Pepper Crab Dip with Old St Augustine Gourmet Datil Zest, Snake Bite Datil Pepper Hot Sauce and Fountain of Youth Datil Marinade
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Calories Per Serving: 74
% DAILY VALUE
5% Total Fat 3.1g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
9% Cholesterol 25.9mg
16% Sodium 394.3mg
1% Total Carbohydrate 3.2g
0% Dietary Fiber 0.1g
16% Protein 7.8g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. *The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.