You’re not the only one missing post-work happy hour and weekend brunch at the almighty Cheesecake Factory. We’d give just about anything to split a loaf of legendary brown bread between friends right now.
Luckily, there are a ton of Cheesecake Factory recipes online to tackle at home, from lemon-ricotta pancakes to pineapple cheesecake popsicles. But first on our list is the warm crab and artichoke dip, which we’ll be making for every picnic and barbecue we ever host. Read on for the full recipe.
- 1 slice white bread, minced
- 3 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 5 ounces sour cream
- 4 ounces mayonnaise
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 6 ounces artichoke hearts, drained, cut into ¾-inch pieces
- ½ pound crab cake mix
- ¼ pound crab meat (lump or backfin)
- 4 slices sourdough baguette, ½-inch slices
- ½ fluid ounce olive oil
- 2 teaspoons buttered breadcrumbs, toasted
- ½ teaspoon parsley, chopped
Step 1: To make the mix, place the minced bread and cream cheese into a mixing bowl. Pour the heavy cream into the bowl and over the other ingredients. Mix the ingredients together evenly combined.
Step 2: Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and Old Bay seasoning into the mixing bowl. Stir the ingredients together until evenly combined.
Step 3: Add the artichoke hearts, crab cake mix and crab meat into the bowl. Gently fold into the other ingredients being careful not to break up the large lump pieces of crab.
Step 4: Transfer to a clean storage container.
Step 5: Cover, date and store under refrigeration.
Step 6: Brush each slice of sourdough bread evenly on both sides with olive oil. Place the bread onto a flat grill or into a pan set over medium heat and cook until the slices have become crispy and lightly golden.
Step 7: Heat crab and artichoke dip in a sauté pan set over medium heat, stirring frequently until it is warm throughout.
Step 8: Place the crab and artichoke dip into a small serving bowl. Sprinkle the toasted buttered breadcrumbs evenly over the crab and artichoke dip.
Step 9: Slice each piece of grilled bread in half at a slight angle.
Step 10: Place the bowl of crab dip and the grilled bread slices onto a serving platter.
Step 11: Sprinkle chopped parsley over crab dip and bread.