Carefree Crab and Horseradish Bake

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup prepared horseradish, drained
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 8 ounces crabmeat, picked over for shells
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely crushed butter crackers (such as Ritz), plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, horseradish and Old Bay until relatively smooth.  Sprinkle with the lemon juice, add the crab and gently fold it in.
  2. Stir in the scallions and bell pepper until just combined. Spread the mixture into a 1 quart oval baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, toss the cracker crumbs with the melted butter and sprinkle over the top of the baking dish.
  4. Bake until brown and bubbly, about 15 to 17 minutes.