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Cream Cheese and Crab Spread

Updated on March 7, 2018
Crab meat and cream cheese appetizer tray
Crab meat and cream cheese appetizer tray

As I travel around the country with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, I have a favorite party food that I like to take with me for the hospitality table. The blend of cream cheese and crab meat along with the tang of a good cocktail sauce is one that always pleases the guests.

I have used this recipe a lot for home parties as well. It seems to be one that my guests all like.

This dish was one that I saw and tasted at a family party but never got the recipe. I've adapted my own over the years. At first I would just roll the cream cheese and make a well in the top to put the crab meat with the cocktail sauce drizzled over the whole concoction. I have since come up with the recipe that you see here that requires more ingredients but makes a much better presentation.

Combine crab meat with cream cheese
Combine crab meat with cream cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cans lump crab meat
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cocktail Sauce
Wrap ball of cream cheese and crab meat in plastic wrap
Wrap ball of cream cheese and crab meat in plastic wrap

Instructions

  1. Mix one can of crab meat with room temperature cream cheese.
  2. Either form a ball and wrap the mixture in plastic wrap or spread the mixture into a glass dish.
  3. Refrigerate the cream cheese mixture if you are preparing ahead of time.
  4. Spread the second can of crab meat over the cream cheese ball,
  5. Pour cocktail sauce over the appetizer and surround with crackers for serving or pour the cocktail sauce over the mixture in your glass dish and sprinkle cut chive greens over for decoration.
Pour cocktail sauce over cream cheese and second can of crab meat.
Pour cocktail sauce over cream cheese and second can of crab meat.
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Crab Meat and Cream Cheese Appetizer surrounded with crackers for the party table
Crab Meat and Cream Cheese Appetizer surrounded with crackers for the party table

Other Seafood Recipes

Shrimp Dip

Even though I have many recipes for appetizers and party foods, this shrimp dip is one of my favorites along with the crab meat one on this hub.

Macaroni Salad with Shrimp

This party food is more for a picnic but can also be taken to a convention for the hospitality table. Remember to take the plastic forks in case the room hostess doesn't have enough.

Tuna Salad

Not a party food but one of my favorite sandwiches. It can be used with cream puffs for a different type of appetizer.

Cream puffs with tuna salad
Cream puffs with tuna salad

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