Elaine is my friend Kelly's mom and she makes a wonderful hot crab dip. Because her husband is big in politics in a small state, Elaine is on a first-name basis with many people whose names & faces you'd recognize, but she leaves the politics to her husband and is the center of her children's & grandchildren's lives. She is kind, gracious, shares recipes, and yes, she makes an AWESOME hot crab dip! (Shared with permission.) =^..^=
1Measure the cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, and garlic powder directly into a large mixing bowl.
Using a mixer, beat all ingredients together until well-blended.
2In a separate bowl, pick through the crab meat, looking for and removing any shell pieces.
3Add the crab to the mixing bowl, along with the shredded white cheddar cheese. Fold GENTLY to incorporate the crab & cheese with the other ingredients. (If you're using lump crab meat, you'll want to keep the lumps!)
4Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. GENTLY pour the mixed ingredients into the baking dish.
Now, if you like Old Bay seasoning, sprinkle it over the top. (If you REALLY like Old Bay, you might even stir some in first.) If you're not an Old Bay fan, you can sprinkle on some paprika, if you want. Just for "pretty."
5Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, until the dip is melted and bubbly.
6Serve hot with savory crackers, flatbread pieces, or toasted bread points.
7ESPECIALLY YUMMY OPTION: Maryland Crab Pretzel
Spoon crab dip over a large soft pretzel, then top with shredded cheese. Bake until cheese melts. Pull apart to eat. =^..^=