Colorful Crab Appetizer Pizza Recipe
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Colorful Crab Appetizer Pizza Recipe

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If you're looking for a really easy and special appetizer, this one stands out. It's a fresh-tasting and lovely variation on a cold vegetable pizza. I make it as a snack for parties all the time and even for a light main dish with a soup or salad.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach, divided
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped imitation crabmeat
  • 1/4 cup chopped ripe olives

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 194 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 396 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. Unroll crescent roll dough and place on an ungreased 12-in. pizza pan. Flatten dough, sealing seams and perforations. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned; cool.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Stir in 1 cup spinach, onion, dill, 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel, lemon juice and pepper. Spread over the crust. Top with the crab, olives and remaining spinach and lemon peel. Cut into bite-size squares. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Colorful Crab Appetizer Pizza in Taste of Home February/March 1999, p26

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed Apr. 13, 2016

"I've been making this delicious appetizer ever since it first appeared in Taste of Home in 1999 and it's always a hit!"

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"This pizza has been a favorite on our Christmas buffet table for over 10 years. I add more lemon juice, zest & dill than what the recipe calls for just to give it an extra punch of flavor."

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010

"I made this on a ready-made pizza crust and took it to a party. It was gone in a hurry!"

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"it was okay. I don't think I'll ever make it again"

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2007

"I think this recipe would be great using shrimp or a combination. Cant wait to try it.

Barb Krueger"

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