This Hot Crab Dip with Cream Cheese comes together in 10 minutes then you bake to bubbly, melty deliciousness. Full Flavor of the crab, cheese and spices comes thru in every delicious bite!
Preheat oven to 350°
Place cream cheese, mayo, garlic, onion flakes, Worcestershire, lemon juice, hot sauce and old bay seasoning into a mixing bowl. Using a mixer beat until well combined.
Clean beaters and add 8 ounces of lump crab meat to dip mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir gently to combine. (Do not use mixer as it will break the crab down to a paste, and you want it to hold its shape a little bit so each bite is more concentrated.)
If making ahead, mix dip to this point and put in a sealed airtight container. You wont put the dip into the loaf until you are ready to bake just prior to serving. See notes for instructions.
If using a loaf of bread to bake the dip in, cut out a piece to be about 1/2" from the bottom of the loaf for the depth. You will cut about 1/2" from the edge for the sides. (See photo in recipe). Gently pull up to get a compartment to place the dip into to bake. (Alternate baking instructions in notes if you are not using a bread loaf.)
Set aside piece you cut out. Wrap the cut out piece in foil and set aside for baking. You will place the top in the oven for the last 10 minutes of baking.
Using a spoon, place dip into the hole in the loaf. Bake for 15-20 minutes until dip is starting to melt and bubble. If you like a crispy golden brown cheese, you can turn to broil and broil for top to color. Watch the dip closely when you have it in the broiling temp. It will burn quickly.
Remove bread loaf and top from oven. Slice the top into small slices for serving. Serve with a knife for people to cut away at the bread loaf as well.
If making ahead, pull dip out 30 minutes before ready to bake and allow the dip to soften and come close to room temp. Once softened place in loaf and follow instructions from that point.
If you prefer to not serve it in a bread bowl, the dip mixture can be placed in a baking dish and baked for the same amount of time until golden browned and bubbly.
Alternatives to serving on bread slices: Carrots, celery, pepper slices, crackers.