Hot Jalapeno Crab Dip

Hot Jalapeno Crab Dip
Adjust your desired "heat" by adding more or less jalapenos.  I find this balance pleases most people.

1 Lb. Crab meat (or imitation)
1 tsp. Garlic, chopped
1 Tbl. Pickled Jalapenos, chopped
8 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. Hot Sauce
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 C. Mayonnaise
2 oz. Parmesan Cheese, grated
1 recipe Toasted Croutons, recipe follows

Combine crab, garlic, jalapenos, Monterrey Jack, Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt & mayonnaise in a medium size bowl.  Toss gently to mix.  Spoon mixture into a pie plate.  Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over the top.  Bake at 350° until golden brown & bubbly, approximately 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving 
with the croutons.

Toasted Croutons:
1 loaf French Bread, cut into ¼ “ slices, 5 Tbl. Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper

Use an electric knife to slice your bread for easy & nice even slices.  Arrange slices on baking sheet, and brush both sides lightly with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake at 400° for about 6 minutes, then turn the baking sheet around in the oven to ensure even browning.  Bake until the croutons are lightly browned, about 6 more minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving.

(Alternative shortcut:  spray both sides of bread with olive oil Pam, then continue as above.)

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