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Hot Cheesy Crab Dip and a Mommy-Daughter Kitchen Date #MemorableMelts

There are two camps in my house. Those who eat cheese and those who don’t. Hubby and little sister Kay love cheese, but they’re allergic to dairy. Let’s take a minute to feel sad for them. Very, very sad! Fortunately, Tee and I can happily eat cheese until the cows come home.

Ever since Kay came along, Tee’s had to adjust to sharing me and my attention. It’s been far too long since we’ve had some quality time for just the two of us, so this weekend we made a mommy-daughter date. Tee always wants to help in the kitchen so I thought the perfect activity would be to make a special cheesy treat together. Hubby took Kay out to play for the afternoon, and Tee and I spent some one on one time together in the kitchen.

I found this Hot Cheesy Crab Dip recipe on the Kraft Canada website and decided to adapt it for our special mommy-daughter kitchen date. Only four ingredients and super easy to make. Perfect!

Hot Cheesy Crab Dip made with Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia #MemorableMelts

We picked up a pack of Kraft Creamy Herb & Garlic Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia, a tin of canned crab, and some Philadelphia cream cheese. I whipped up some homemade mayo, then Tee got to mix everything together.

Incidentally, I’d never bought shredded cheese before, but I really appreciated the convenience of having it pre-shredded. I like my four year old’s fingers all in one piece, thank you.

Hot Cheesy Crab Dip made with Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia #MemorableMelts

Once all the ingredients were well mixed, I spread it in a baking dish and put it in the oven for 15 minutes, stirring at the halfway mark. (We played a hand of Go Fish while we waited.) Then when the dip was melted all the way through, Tee sprinkled more cheese on top, and I put it back in the oven for five more minutes.

Hot Cheesy Crab Dip made with Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia #MemorableMelts

Take a look at this melt!

Hot Cheesy Crab Dip made with Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia #MemorableMelts

We set the table and sat down to enjoy our dip with some carrot sticks. Yum! This was so good! Even though Tee didn’t want to smile for the camera, she really was enjoying herself and enjoying the creamy dip. Talk about a melt to remember! This is one special memory I don’t want to melt away.

Hot Cheesy Crab Dip made with Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia #MemorableMelts

Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia comes in three flavours: Creamy Mozza, Creamy Herb & Garlic, and Creamy Mexicana. Hmm, I sense a theme here: they’re creamy! This special blend delivered a soft and creamy melt that really did make our recipe better!

Visit Kraft Canada to find more recipes featuring Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia (including a Hot Cheesy Herb & Garlic Dip I think we’ll make next time). It’s the melt you won’t forget!

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Kraft Canada is hosting the #TouchofPhillyCheese Twitter Party
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Hot Cheesy Crab Dip


  • 1 1/2 cups Kraft Creamy Herb & Garlic Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia divided
  • 1 package 250 grams Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1 tin crab meat drained and flaked
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix all ingredients together (reserving about 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese).
  • Spread onto baking dish.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Sprinkle reserved cheese on top and place back in the oven until cheese is melted.
  • Serve with cut veggies.


Adapted from Kraft Canada
Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Kraft Canada, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Kraft Canada.  

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  • I have a 4 year old with champagne tastes. Lobster is her favorite she also loves crab cakes and crab dip. I’d cut some high fibre whole grain tortillas into wedges and bake to serve with this as well. Yum!

  • I used to not buy shredded cheese. I thought it was expensive and so forth. But I really do enjoy the convenience of having it ready sometimes. My kids love to shred the cheese normally but there are some occasions where I don;t have time to wait for them to do the shredding. So I enjoy this product also. Plus Kraft just makes great products!

    • Yes, normally I would just shred my own, but in this case it was so much easier and safer to have the pre-shredded. Plus this stuff came with the Philadelphia right in it. Win!

  • That dip looks super yummy! Thanks for adding the recipe! There is nothing I love more than cheese 😀

  • What a great recipe! My kids love helping out in the kitchen. i think that it is great learning experience and the experience helps teach your children to appreciate the food they cook. Anything with cream cheese in it is a winner in my book!

  • Does that ever look good!!! I love the mommy daughter date – simple one on one time is so special and important. 🙂

  • Your daughter is adorable and I love her cute apron.
    My family loves cheese – so many delicious creations can be made.
    Thanks for sharing about the Twitter party.

  • I’m a fan of Philadelphia from way back when I was a kid. So this cheese mix sounds amazing – I’ll have to give it a try.

  • Could she be any more adorable?!! Love that you were able to spend some quality time together, and even better that it was creating such a fabulous dish! I am in total shock that you’ve never purchased shredded cheese before. I am too lazy to shred mine so I almost always buy shredded. lol
    Thanks for sharing with us at DDT!!

    • Thanks, Alesha! I’m lazy in other places, but now that I’ve experienced the convenience of preshredded cheese, we’ll see!

  • Wow! Definitely going to bookmark this to try sometime next weekend! With Easter upon us, there will be too much food already! Perfect to make for the Stanley Cup playoffs though! Thanks!!

  • Nom Nom this sounds and looks so delicious! I’m definitely bookmarking this page for future use!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Can’t wait to make this! My husband LOVES anything with garlic in it and here on the gulf coast of Louisiana we can get delicious fresh crab!! 😀

  • Looks yummy. I can’t wait until my son is old enough to “help” in the kitchen. He loves to eat (at 1 yr)! So, that’s step one.