Baked Seafood Dip with Crab, Shrimp, and Veggies!

Say hello to my fun spin on the classic hot crab dip! This skillet-baked seafood dip is easy, cheesy, and loaded with crab, shrimp and veggies. It'll be the first dish licked clean at your next party or potluck!

 Baked Seafood Dip with Crab, Shrimp, and Veggies!

Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb fresh/defrosted raw shrimp
  2. 4 ounces quality* lump or claw crab meat
  3. 1-2 TBSP butter
  4. 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  5. 1/2 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  6. 1/4 cup finely diced celery (optional but tasty!)
  7. 1 TBSP minced jalapeno
  8. 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  9. 3 cloves garlic minced and smashed with 1/4 tsp salt
  10. 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning blend
  11. 3-4 ounces cream cheese
  12. 2.5-3 cups freshly grated Gouda cheese (not smoked)
  13. 1/2 cup Gruyere cheese
  14. 1/8-1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  15. 1/4 tsp chopped parsley
  16. paprika to taste

Instructions
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prep shrimp and crab as needed by defrosting, cleaning, peeling and deveining your shrimp and shredding your crab. If you need a shrimp prep guide, I have some photos and mini tutorial [here] You can also buy yours already cleaned and shelled for ease of use! Whatever you do, skip the pre-cooked stuff; the texture always seems to be off. Once prepped, chop the raw shrimp and set aside.
  • Next chop your veggies finely, so they'll mix seamlessly into the dip.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet on your stove-top to medium-high heat with a tablespoon or two of butter and saute the onion, bell pepper, celery and jalapeno until tender.
  • Next add in the spinach, salted mashed garlic, and Old bay.
  • Stir to combine and wilt the spinach.