Hot Crab Dip with Crisp Pita Wedges

Recipe adapted from

(1) 12-oz pkg pita bread, cut into wedges
3/4 cup parsley, minced
3 Tbsp Vera Jane's Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp green onions, minced
6 Tbsp butter
1 cup green onions, minced
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
(1) 8-oz bottle clam juice
1 cup half and half
8 oz cream cheese
1½ cups Swiss cheese, grated
2 tsp DLM Pure Horseradish
2 tsp DLM Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp DLM Cayenne Pepper
1 lb canned crab meat, liquid removed

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pita wedges on baking sheet. Mix 1/4 cup parsley, oil, and 2 Tbsp green onions in small bowl; brush over pita wedges. Bake till crisp, about 20 minutes. Cool. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.)

Heat butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add in 3/4 cup green onions; sauté 2 minutes. Add in flour; whisk 1 minute. Gradually whisk in clam juice. Boil till mix thickens, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Whisk in half and half and bring to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Reduce heat to low. Add cream cheese, Swiss, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and Cayenne pepper; stir till cheeses heat. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Rewarm over low heat, stirring constantly.)

Mix crab, remaining 1/2 cup parsley, and remaining 1/4 cup green onions into cheese and stir over medium-low heat, stirring constantly till hot.

Spoon crab dip into bowl. Set bowl in center of large platter. Surround with pita crisps.

Makes 12 servings

Allergy Warning: Contains MilkContains ShellfishContains WheatContains Soy

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