Crab Dip and Spread

Course : Dips
Serves: 4
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6 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 pound cheddar -- sharp, grated
1 cup crab meat -- to 2 cups
1 medium onion -- minced fine
2 large egg hard-boiled -- peeled
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper -- black

Preparation / Directions:

Mix cream cheese with mayonnaise until smooth. Add rest of ingredients, mix well, and refrigerate. Serving suggestions: Serve as an appetizer with assorted crackers; heat in a chafing dish as a hot spread; add a little milk and some cooked rice or pasta to make a hot casserole; spread on buttered toast rounds or English muffins and grill until piping hot; or use as a filling in rolled filet of sole; baked with lemon and butter brushed on the rolls. Substitute lobster for crab if desired.

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