Crab Spread I

Crab Spread I

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  • Prep

    5 m
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    5 m
L. Gerken
Recipe by  L. Gerken

“An easy, but filling appetizer for your next party. Serve with small serving knife over assorted crackers.”

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Original recipe yields 12 to 15 servings



  1. Place cream cheese on large plate. Cover with crabmeat, squeeze juice of one lemon over the crabmeat. Pour cocktail sauce over top of the entire concoction.

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This is a nice appetizer recipe, one I've made for some time with only 2 differences. 1st, I always cut my cream cheese with a small amount of sour cream. Not much because you don't want your base runny - just enough to make it easier to spread on crackers and then I form it on a platter. I've shaped it in the past to reflect the theme of the day - like a christmas tree for example. The only other modification is that I also add a can of tiny, drained shrimp (right next to the canned crab in the grocery) - mix the crab and shrimp together in the same bowl used to mix the cream cheese and sour cream (just that small amount of cream cheese that remains on the sides of the bowl mixes with the shrimp and crab and makes it easier to pat onto the outside of the cream cheese base). This is such a cinch to throw together and always goes over well.



This is always a big hit when I make it. I have found that using the whipped cream cheese in the tub gives it a nice consistency. I've also tried using the non-whipped, tub style for some added flavor. The onion and chive is especially good, but I like to whip it with my electric mixer first to make the consistency a little lighter and easier to spread.



This is so easy and looks great at Christmas. I usually spread cream cheese first, then add homemade cocktail sauce, then layer the crab meat and spritz with a bit of lemon juice. It looks more appetizing and is nicer to spread on crackers.

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 319 cal
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 20.8 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs
  • 20.9 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 14.4 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol
  • 99 mg
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 1325 mg
  • 53%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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