Make This Stone Crab and Artichoke Dip For Your Football Watch Party

You've invited a bunch of friends over to watch the games this weekend. That also means you're going to have a half dozen hungry guys and gals in your living room and if you don't feed them they're going to start eating the furniture around halftime. 

Make this seriously simple recipe for stone crab and artichoke dip that chef, author and radio host Linda Gassenheimer shared with us from her new book, The Flavors of the Florida Keys and bring a little Keys flavor to gametime. 

Stone Crab Artichoke Dip

This dip can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. It's best served heated. Also, it makes a great stuffing for fish.

3/4 cup drained canned artichoke hearts, diced

 3/4 cup lightly sauteed spinach, well drained and chopped (from 10 cups fresh spinach)

3/4 cup mayonnaise

3/4 cup freshly grated Monterey Jack cheese

3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 pound freshly picked stone crab meat (from approximately 2 pounds stone crabs in their shell)*

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground sea salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

3 tablespoons freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir artichoke hearts and chopped fresh spinach into mayonnaise. Add the Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses.

Gently stir in the stone crab meat, breaking up any large chunks. Add the salt and pepper.

Place in a shallow, oven-proof dish. Sprinkle Pecorino Romano cheese on top.

Place in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until warm throughout and slightly bubbly.

Serve with water crackers.

Serves 8 as appetizer.

*best quality canned lump crab can be used.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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