Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cajun Crab and Artichoke Dip

By Stacie Morgan, February 23, 2017, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

Crab dips are always a party hit, especially on Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday! This recipe is appropriately loaded with Cajun spices, flavor, and fun, so go ahead and whip up today’s low energy use recipe for cheesy crab and artichoke dip. The dip only needs cooking to heat it up and melt the cheese on top, which takes about 10-15 minutes in the oven depending on how deep your baking dish is. To speed up cooking time, pick a wide casserole or baking dish so the dip can be spread in a thin layer and heat through super fast.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cajun Crab and Artichoke Dip | Bounce Energy Blog

The artichoke and crab pair perfectly with a little addition of diced pimento peppers, fresh lemon juice, a fabulous seasoning mix, and of course the creamy cheese. This dip can be eaten with tortilla chips, French fries, sliced French bread, or crackers.  It will taste good on just about anything! It even pairs great with celery or carrot sticks if you want to keep it light on the dipping side (since the dip is quite decadent). Don’t worry about spending extra money on jumbo lump crab meat for this recipe. The special grade meat or even claw meat will work great and you’ll save some money on the crab.

Cajun Crab and Artichoke Dip

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 8 oz. Special grade crab meat
  • 15 oz. Whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz. Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz. Shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • ¼ c. Sour Cream
  • 4 oz. Marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic paste or minced garlic
  • ¼ c. Diced pimento peppers
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning (one with salt, if without salt, add ½ tsp. Kosher salt)
  • ½ tsp. Onion powder
  • ½ tsp. Celery salt
  • ½ tsp. Black pepper
  • 2 tsp. Parsley flakes

Directions:

1) Prepare ingredients as directed in ingredients list (chop artichoke hearts).

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cajun Crab and Artichoke Dip | Bounce Energy Blog

2) Mix all of the ricotta cheese, 3/4 of the mozzarella cheese, and ¾ of the cheddar cheese together (save the rest of the shredded cheese to top the dip).

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cajun Crab and Artichoke Dip | Bounce Energy Blog

3) Fold the sour cream into the cheese mixture and set aside.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cajun Crab and Artichoke Dip | Bounce Energy Blog

4) Mix together the Cajun seasoning, onion powder, celery salt, black pepper, and parsley flakes. Measure lemon juice (approx. 1 small lemon’s juice).

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cajun Crab and Artichoke Dip | Bounce Energy Blog

5) Gently fold the garlic paste, crab meat, chopped artichokes, and pimento peppers together in a large bowl.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cajun Crab and Artichoke Dip | Bounce Energy Blog

6) Add the seasoning mixture and lemon juice to the crab mixture and gently fold again.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cajun Crab and Artichoke Dip | Bounce Energy Blog

7) Add the cheese mixture into the big bowl and fold everything together.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cajun Crab and Artichoke Dip | Bounce Energy Blog

8) Move dip to a large, wide buttered baking dish. Spread into a thin layer across the dish.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cajun Crab and Artichoke Dip | Bounce Energy Blog

9) Top with remaining shredded cheese and bake at 425°F for 10-15 minutes until melted and bubbly.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Cajun Crab and Artichoke Dip | Bounce Energy Blog

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

Be Sociable, Share!

About 

Stacie is a Texas A&M graduate using her animal science education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy and be more green in the kitchen.

Tags: , ,