Warm and Creamy Crab Dip

Goodings groceryLong-time Florida residents will recall Gooding’s supermarkets.  Started in the 1960s, Gooding’s was at one time the premier grocery chain in Central Florida.  When we first moved into our neighborhood Gooding’s was the closest grocery store. I remember the first time I walked in I was stunned by the large gold chandelier hanging in the center of the frozen foods section.  Always immaculately clean and filled with friendly people, as a brand new mommy I depended on their prepared foods deli during those first months when I could hardly get a shower much less figure out how to make dinner!  But then the owners retired and closed our store. The building sat vacant after Winn Dixie failed to Wow the neighborhood. Now it’s turned into LA FItness. I still miss Goodings. In its heyday they were the ones to turn to for holiday and party catering.  I remember one snazzy party given by a friend that included several dishes from Gooding’s catering department. One in particular was so delicious that I had to have the recipe. I wrote a letter to Gooding’s and received a hand-written reply from one of their chefs along with the surprisingly simple recipe.  If you are in need of a little something special for your Valentine’s Day table this one will come together in a flash, and taste like you spent a long time in the kitchen. In addition to the serving suggestions given it would also be good with fresh vegetables like yellow and red pepper strips, snow peas, broccoli and cauliflower florets or fresh mushrooms. Be careful when choosing the crabmeat. Many canned varieties are preserved with heavy chemical preseravatives. If you can find fresh or frozen that would be great.

Warm and Creamy Crab Dip
Recipe type: appetizer
Rich and creamy dip perfect for any party
  • ½ lb lump crabmeat
  • 2 lbs organic or homemade cream cheese
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 2 Tblsp white wine
  • garnish with green onions, red pepper slices or toasted almond slices
  1. Place crabmeat and cream cheese in a sauce pan, cover and heat gently about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir until blended.
  3. Add salt, pepper, cayenne and wine, mixing gently.
  4. Serve in chafing dish or small crock pot with desired garnishes.
  5. Serve with toasted slices of sourdough bread, fresh vegetables, or crackers.

Serve in chafing dish (or fondue pot or small crockpot), garnish as desired. Serve with pretty round crackers or small round slices of sourdough baguette or canape bread.

From Jim Butler, Gooding’s Catering (1997) crab Lump meat