Recipe: hot crab dip from Geoff Hopgood of Hopgood’s Foodliner

Recipe: hot crab dip from Geoff Hopgood of Hopgood’s Foodliner

Toronto Life Cookbook 2012 Recipe: Hot Crab Dip

By Geoff Hopgood
Hopgood’s Foodliner

PREP TIME: 15 minutes
BAKE TIME: 15 minutes
Serves 8 to 12


2 cups crab meat, canned or lumped
½ lemon
12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
5 tbsp mayonnaise
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
2 pinches cayenne pepper
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of salt
¼ cup each grated Parmesan and panko bread crumbs
Triscuit crackers

1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Drain crab meat (if canned) and pat dry. Grate 2 tsp lemon zest into small bowl, then squeeze in 2 tbsp juice. Whip cream cheese with electric mixer for 3 minutes until fluffy. Add mayo. Beat until mixed. Beat in crab, then onions and garlic. Add lemon zest and juice, cayenne, Worcestershire and salt. Spoon mixture into a large ramekin or ovenproof dish. Stir Parmesan with panko in a bowl. Sprinkle evenly over crab dip mixture.

2. Bake in centre of oven for 15 to 20 minutes until crust is golden. Serve with Triscuits.

Toronto Life Cookbook 2012 Recipe: Hot Crab Dip
If you’re not a Triscuit fan, this dip also tastes excellent served with torn crusty baguette, fennel crackers or flatbread.

Toronto Life Cookbook 2012 Recipe: Hot Crab DipGEOFF HOPGOOD

At the Roncesvalles restaurant Hopgood’s Foodliner, chef Geoff Hopgood serves up elevated twists on Maritime standards like donairs and mackerel with oatcakes. For his popular crab dip, though, he’s remained true to his mom’s decades-old recipe—the same one she’d slather on Triscuits at Tupperware parties. Hopgood’s one concession to cheffy-ness: swapping plain bread crumbs for panko, which, along with good grated Parmesan, makes a nice, crunchy crust.

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