Easy Holiday Appetizer Recipe: Crabbies (2024)

Updating the photos for this easy crab holiday appetizer and realizing that most of us will not be attending many gatherings at all for the holiday 2020 season. BUT, we will still enjoy the foods! Just on a smaller scale.

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It’s hard to go long between mid-November and mid- January without being invited to a gathering of one kind or another. We’ve already got things on our calendar, and it’s barely November! I don’t know about you, but I always try to bring something along when we are invited to someone’s home or gathering- some flowers, perhaps, or something to eat. Usually something to eat, and appetizers are usually my go-to. The family favorite for an easy holiday appetizer recipe is, hands down, Crabbies: English Muffin Crab Appetizer. Crabbies are just warm, cheesy, crabby bites of delight, and you’ll probably want to make a double batch because they never last long. Ever.

One great thing about Crabbies is that you can freeze them. Make a bunch, wrap them up, and pop them in the oven when you need to have them ready. Boom. Awesome apps already made. We often take a few out of the freezer and pop them in the oven on our cute little stoneware pan– it’s the perfect size for the toaster oven we don’t own.

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Crabbies

Ingredients

1 package crab meat8 oz. flake

1 package English Muffins

1 package Cheddar Cheese spread in a jar (let it sit out for 20 minutes or so to soften up a bit)

1 stick butter, softened

1 tbsp garlic powder (you can go heavier or lighter on this, depending on how much you love garlic or not!)

1 TBSP mayonnaise

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Directions

Mix all ingredients together. Honestly, I tried to do this by hand, and it might be that I’m lazy, but after about 4 tries, popped the whole mix into my stand mixer and let a machine do the work for me.

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A few minutes on a low speed and voila! Crabbies filling was ready.

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After your filling/topping is well mixed, simply open your muffins to be open faced, and generously apply the crabbies mixture.

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If you are planning to enjoy the Crabbies that night, pop them in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes.

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If you are planning to freeze your Crabbies and make them another night, place the muffin halves atop one another with parchment paper in between (or wax paper) to make a ‘sandwich’ and wrap to freeze. Be sure to label the packaging!

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Crabbies bake in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes.

Frozen Crabbies bake in a 350 oven for 12-15 minutes.

When your Crabbies are done baking, let them cool just a few minutes, and cut into 6 pieces per muffin. A large knife or a pizza cutter work quite well.

That’s it. You can fancy up the plate or platter you’re serving the Crabbies on if you like!

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Want some other great holiday appetizers? We’ve got some spicy crab recipes, one with arugula and more!

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Ingredients

  • 1 package crab meat8 oz. flake
  • 1 package English Muffins
  • 1 package Cheddar Cheese spread in a jar (let it sit out for 20 minutes or so to soften up a bit)
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder (you can go heavier or lighter on this, depending on how much you love garlic or not!)
  • 1 TBSP mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together. Honestly, I tried to do this by hand, and it might be that I'm lazy, but after about 4 tries, popped the whole mix into my stand mixer and let a machine do the work for me.
  2. A few minutes on a low speed and voila! Crabbies filling was ready.
  3. After your filling/topping is well mixed, simply open your muffins to be open faced, and generously apply the crabbies mixture.
  4. If you are planning to enjoy the Crabbies that night, pop them in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes.
  5. If you are planning to freeze your Crabbies and make them another night, place the muffin halves atop one another with parchment paper in between (or wax paper) to make a 'sandwich' and wrap to freeze. Be sure to label the packaging!
  6. Crabbies bake in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes.
  7. Frozen Crabbies bake in a 350 oven for 12-15 minutes.
  8. When your Crabbies are done baking, let them cool just a few minutes, and cut into 6 pieces per muffin. A large knife or a pizza cutter work quite well.
  9. That's it. You can fancy up the plate or platter you're serving the Crabbies on if you like!

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Easy Holiday Appetizer Recipe: Crabbies (2024)

FAQs

What is fruits and vegetables appetizer? ›

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – are the simplest appetizer. Fruits are good appetizers because they give an attractive appearance, fragrance, appealing taste and delicious flavor. For example, you could serve a platter of thinly sliced cucumbers, chunks of red bell pepper and baby carrots.

How do you eat canned crab meat? ›

Canned crab meat can be used in a variety of delicious dishes. Some popular recipes include crab cakes, crab salad, crab dip, crab soup, crab-stuffed mushrooms, and even crab pasta dishes like crab linguini.

What is simplest appetizer? ›

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – are the simplest appetizer. Fruits are good appetizers because they give an attractive appearance, fragrance, appealing taste and delicious flavor.

Should I rinse canned crab meat? ›

And, no, it doesn't take away the flavors of the crab meat. Open your canned crab and soak the crab meat in ice water for 10-12 minutes. Use a fine strainer to do so so you don't wash the crab meat down the drain. Then transfer the crab meat to dry paper towels and pat the crab meat gently to soak up any excess water.

Should canned crab meat be drained? ›

Even canned crab meat doesn't come cheap and for optimum enjoyment, you might want to mix in some extra ingredients. One idea is to drain it (rinsing's optional but could help get rid of excess saltiness from the brine), then mix it with mayonnaise and lemon juice to make a creamy crab salad.

Can you eat canned crab meat by itself? ›

There's also a lot less prep work involved to incorporate canned crab into recipes such as a chowder or dip because it's already cooked. That's right, you can technically eat canned crab directly out of the container, just like canned tuna, salmon, or sardines.

What are the classification of appetizers fresh fruits and vegetables? ›

There are nine main classifications of appetizers: canapes, chips and dip, co*cktails, finger foods, fruits and vegetables, hors d'oeuvres, petite (small salads), relishes and crudite, and other.

Is fruit considered an appetizer? ›

In fact, fruit makes some of the best appetizers around. They're the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Plus, since summer fruit is so flavorful, it doesn't take much to make it taste delicious, so it's super easy to create a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

What is in a fruit and vegetable platter? ›

The bell peppers are in sticks, so those are on the opposite sides of the dips from the carrots which are also in sticks. Cucumber sticks and sugar snap peas (sticks) join together to create that “Z” shape. Then tomatoes, radishes, and cauliflower are placed in small piles in between. Finally let's add some fruit!

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