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King Crab Appetizers Recipe
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King Crab Appetizers
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King Crab Appetizers

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"These crab tartlets have long since been a family favorite and are requested often at holiday get togethers."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 12 tartlet pans.
  2. Divide rolls in half and press into the prepared tartlet pans. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, crab, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, Cheddar cheese, green onions and Worcestershire sauce. Spoon 1 teaspoon of mixture into tarts and garnish with paprika.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes, or until light brown. These freeze wonderfully. Just reheat before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 30, 2003

I used the small phillo cups you can buy at the store in the frozen food section instead. They were really good and could be served bite size. The recipe made enough for 30 little cups.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 23, 2010

I was very disappointed with this recipe. The ingredients were fairly expensive and the end result was a doughy lump with a bit of bland filling. I'm glad I tested this out first before bringing it to the party I was going to. After the first small batch I added spices, lemon juice, and fresh minced garlic to the filling but it still wasn't anything spectacular. I even ran out and bought more crab. After doubling the crab and green onions and adding cajun seasoning, fresh ground pepper, lemon juice, and garlic the filling was alright but still nothing great. The refrigerated biscuit dough was too doughy so I tried using phyllo cups which were definitely better but still nothing really good. Even hubby thought it was edible but didn't really want to eat it and he loves crab. I was supposed to bring an appy to a party and planned on bringing this but ended up scrapping it altogether and made something else.

Jan 05, 2004

You don't need tartlet pans to make these. Just use flaky biscuits, which halve easily. Split and flatten each half. Fill with the crab mixture, then fold up so that it forms a cup. Line on a greased cookie sheet and you're ready to go!

Oct 30, 2003

Made this recipe for Thanksgiving appetizers. A big hit! Delicious filling! But I rolled out Pillsbury refrigerated crescent roll dough, then cut small circles and lined them in the cups of a tartlet muffin pan, then filled them and sprinkled paprika on top. The dough really puffs up nicely and made them tasty. They were sooo good!

Dec 19, 2003

Thank You Catherine for such a great recipe. Have now made these twice for both formal and informal gatherings. Considering I find this "review" section as a most helpful and valuible tool to "tweak" the recipes I find on this site I hate to be repetitive. But, I also chose to use to "ready made" store bought phyllo cups. Saves much time and $$ if you do not already have tartlet pans. I have found this recipe is best served hot but is also quite good served at room temp. Have not yet found any reason to variate from the original recipe as well as if you choose to use the store bought phyllo cups, once prepared, the individual plastic moldings they come in make for perfect transporation to serve an elegant app that appears time consumming.

Aug 03, 2005

I served these appetizers for my Hawaiian Swim Party. I MADE CHANGES: I used Puff Pastry Shells by Pepperidge Farm. I cooked the puff pastry on a cookie sheet until golden brown. I let them cool 5 minutes on a wire rack, and then I added two teaspoons of the crab mixture on top. I'm now the best cook my friends ever met. Note: Add two 6 oz. cans of crab meat for more crab flavor.

Oct 30, 2003

These were very good and easy - I used the premade phyllo cups as well which not only cut down the work time but also made them look very attractive. I used real crab meat out of the shell, not even the canned stuff, and that was a dumb mistake. You don't even need to use canned crab - use imitation crab and chop it up small. You cannot taste the crab over the cream cheese and cheddar cheese, so it's mainly there for texture. I could have saved myself some dollars if I had used imitation, and you wouldn't have been able to tell the difference. I will definitely be making these again (they were a hit at the party) but with cheaper ingrediants!

Apr 19, 2005

Easy, tasty, attractive...could you ask for more? Yep!! Most ingredients you will have on hand.I added a bit of horseradish and a few lemon juice squirts. If you use the phyllo cups you can leave them in their individual plastic molds to freeze or to transport! You have enough mixture for 30 servings.


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  • Calories
  • 299 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.1 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 40 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 18 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 9.6 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 721 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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