Crab Dip with Garlic and Herb Toasts

posted by Sue Freeman 08-12-98 8:06 PM

Crab Dip with Garlic and Herb Toasts
From Dean Ferring, chef at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup finely minced yellow onion
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 pound cream cheese
1 pound lump crabmeat
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon chopped basil
1 teaspoon chopped chives
dash of salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne pepper
Herb Toast Points (recipe follows)

Heat olive oil in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan over medium heat.

Add the onions and garlic and saute for 2 minutes, stirring to prevent browning.

Add the heavy cream and stir to combine. Add the cream cheese and whisk until all of the cheese is melted and you have a smooth mixture.

Remove the pan from the heat and place the mixture in a bowl.

Let it cool for 10 minutes at room temperature.

Fold in the crabmeat, herbs and seasonings.

Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve chilled. Accompany with Herb Toasts.

Herb Toasts:
3/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons mashed garlic
1 tablespoon very finely minced chives
1 tablespoon very finely minced basil
1 tablespoon very finely minced parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 long loaf of fresh, crusty French bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine all of the ingredients except the French bread and let them sit for 15 minutes.

Slice the bread into thin slices. Lay the slices on a baking sheet and brush the tops with the herbed olive oil.

Bake the slices for 8 to 10 minutes or until they are crisply toasted and light golden in color.

All crabmeat should be gently picked over to remove any possible remaining shell. Place the crabmeat in a strainer and press down lightly to extract any extra water. When using lump crab, you want to keep it as intact as possible.

Yield: 2 cups

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