I have to admit something. Though I cover the New York Giants, and have nothing but respect for the great city of New York, I am a Baltimore boy, born and raised. As a Marylander, there are some things we just get when it comes to food as crab is one of them. The state of New York is the undeniable capital of great food in America. Crab Nachos can be the ultimate addition to your Super Bowl XLIX party.
Sep 14, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) is presented with a bushel of crabs from former Boog Powell prior to a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
The beauty to my crab nacho is the cheesy and gooey simplicity. In terms of preparation, it does not get easier than this. All you need is the following:
- Crab Meat (get it from a grocery store, make sure to examine it and pull out any shells that may be mixed with the meat)
- Tortilla Chips
- Pre-Cooked Bacon
- Three Cheese Mix (In a large bowl mix sharp cheddar, cheddar jack and Monterey Jack shredded cheese)
- Bonus Points: Season With Old Bay (Its Maryland’s secret ingredient)
The most important part of making the crab nachos is to get every ingredient into every layer. The size of your crab nacho dish can vary. In my experience, three layers in a casserole pan is perfect. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the nachos for 40 minutes to an hour. The top chips may burn a little bit, but trust me that’s how you want it.
These nachos are cheesy and crunchy, not saucy or creamy. You get the succulent crab meat, the perfect blend of gooey cheese plus the crunch of bacon and tortilla chips. If you want more of a saucy nachos, you can prepare a crab dip to put into the nachos, instead of just the crab meat.
Here is a crab meat recipe, though it may be easier to buy it from a store. Convenience is a big must on Super Bowl Sunday; but this is the recipe my mother has always used for crab dip.
- 1 lb. crab meat
- 2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese
- 1 8 oz. sour cream
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- 3 shakes garlic salt
- 3 big TB. Mayonnaise
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- Parsley flakes
Mix the ingredients without the crab meat and 1/2 of the cheese. Fold the crab meat into the mix gently. Place the dip in a casserole dish and add the other half of the cheese. Bake the crab dip at 325 degrees. It should be covered for the first 15 minutes and uncovered for the next 15 minutes.
I prefer not to use the crab dip in the crab nachos. I think crab dip is another wonderful Super Bowl dish in its own right though. Either way, crab nachos are a sure fire way to celebrate Super Sunday. Enjoy this recipe and of course, have a great time eating this delicious recipe during Super Bowl XLIX!
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