Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip
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- 1 pkg
- (9oz) frozen artichoke hearts
- red bell pepper,finely chopped
- 3 Tbsp
- unsalted butter
- 2 Tbsp
- all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 c
- half and half
- scallions,thinly sliced
- 2 oz
- finely grated parmesan (1/2 cup)
- 1 1/2 tsp
- fresh lemon juice, or to taste
- 1 1/2 Tbsp
- minced drained pickled jalapeno chiles
- 1/2 tsp
- 1/4 tsp
- celery salt
- 3/4 lb
- jumbo lump crabmeat,picked over
1Preheat oven to 375.
2Cook artichoke hearts according to pkg instructions, then drain well and finely chop. Cook bell pepper in 1 tbsp butter in a 2 to 3 quart heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally,until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in artichokes and transfer mixture to a bowl.
3Melt remaining 2 tbsp butter in saucepan over moderately low heat, then add flour and cook roux, stirring, 3 minutes. Add half and half in a stream,whisking,and bring to a boil,whisking. Reduce heat and simmer,whisking for 3 minutes.
4Remove from heat and stir in artichoke mixture,scallions,1/3 cup parmesan,lemon juice,jalapenos,salt, and celery salt. Gently stir in crab. Transfer to a buttered 1 1/2 quart shallow baking dish and sprinkle with remaining parmesan.
5Bake dip in middle of oven until bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm.
6*Dip can be prepared (but not baked) 1 day ahead and chilled,covered*