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For a different way to eat seafood, this hot crab dish is the way to go.
There are some foods that you wouldn’t think would go together, and crab and tater tots are two of those foods. But you would be surprised to learn that these two foods go together well.
A hot dish, if you’re not familiar, is really just a casserole. It’s full of meat and vegetables and is sometimes topped with tater tots. It’s usually made with some sort of cream soup, but I don’t do cream soups so, this one does not.
Instead, it’s chock full of crab and veggies and gets its creaminess from cream cheese. Then it’s topped with tater tots that are tossed in oil and Old Bay, then baked until craggy and golden brown. It’s pretty easy for such a dish. You can skip the pre-baking step of the tater tots, but they won’t have the crusty, caramelized flavor. In every dish, this is non-negotiable for me, but you do you. I can certainly understand wanting to save time and dirty dishes.
For the crab, jumbo lump crabmeat is best. Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive so lump or even backfin would work fine here. Any crabmeat tastes good as far as I’m concerned, so use what you like. I tend to make these kinds of things when I’m looking to splurge.
This is the kind of dish that you serve at a party with some crusty garlic toast and lots of white wine. It’s creamy and indulgent. The crab makes it fancy, but the tater tots keep it unfussy at the same time.
This dish also keeps well if you have leftovers, but you should put it in the oven to heat it up. Otherwise, you’ll be left with tater tots that are browned, but also sad and soggy. And that’s never okay with me.
Crab Hot Dish
This hot crab dish is perfect for parties or a lazy and elegant weeknight dinner. Perfect with crusty bread and a bottle of white wine.