Baked Crab Dip in Bread Bowl

What you’ll need:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
2 cans (6 ounces each) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
2 cans (6 ounces each) shrimp, drained
1/2 can of black olives, chopped
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
4 green onions, thinly sliced
Ground red pepper to taste
2 round loaves (1 pound each) unsliced white, sourdough or Italian bread
Additional sliced green onions, optional (We used more onions than just the 4.. I liked that better)
Assorted crackers (I used Triscuits)

Directions

* In a bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sour cream; mix well. Fold in crab, shrimp, cheese, olives, red pepper and onions. Cut the top third off each loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottoms, leaving 1-in. shells.  Spoon crab mixture into bread bowls. Place on baking sheets.
* Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until the dip is heated through. Garnish with green onions if desired. Serve with crackers.

Tip: The bread can be filled earlier and refrigerated until 1-1/2 hours before serving. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.

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