Stoney Creek Brewing Company - Red Ale
Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs):20
Serving Temperature:40-45° F
1 1lb. Round loaf rye bread
12 oz. Lump crabmeat
2 8oz. Packages cream cheese, room temp.
2 TBS Stoney Creek Red Ale
1 tsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 dash hot pepper sauce
¼ tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Slice the top off of the loaf and scoop out the center, leaving about a 1 thick shell. Cut the soft bread into cubes. Set them aside in a plastic bag. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly and taste for seasoning. Adjust for salt or hot pepper sauce, as necessary. Fill the bread shell with the crabmeat mixture. Replace the top. Wrap completely in foil and place on a backing sheet. Bake for 1.5 to 2 hours. Unwrap and remove the top. Serve hot, with reserved bread cubes for dipping. Serve with a cold Dead Armadillo and watch for their expressions of pure delight.
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