Rich Crab Dip

November/December 1993

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In our healthier version of this ultra-rich dip, the crabmeat plays a starring role while a blend of pureed nonfat cottage cheese and reduced-fat cream cheese provides all the creaminess you would expect. Serve with slices of whole-grain baguette.

"Excellent! Would have never guessed it was light. "
Rich Crab Dip

Makes: About 1 1/2 cups

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  • 1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel)
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces crabmeat, any shells or cartilage removed, drained and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Place cottage cheese in a fine-mesh sieve and press on it to remove excess moisture. Transfer the cottage cheese to a food processor or blender; add cream cheese and blend until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and add garlic, pepper, Worcestershire, Old Bay and cayenne. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until warm, 2 to 3 minutes. Add crab and lemon juice; stir well. Heat until warm, 30 to 40 seconds. Remove from heat and serve immediately.


Per 2-tablespoon serving: 48 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 21 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 6 g protein; 0 g fiber; 99 mg sodium; 86 mg potassium.

Exchanges: 1 lean meat

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