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Crab Au Gratin Spread

 Crab Au Gratin Spread
For a warm and winning appetizer, Suzanne Zick of Maiden, North Carolina serves this special cracker spread. It's rich tasting and easy to whip up with convenient canned crab.
16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.


  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed or 2/3 cup chopped imitation crabmeat
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained and chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced chives
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dry bread crumbs
  • Assorted crackers


  • In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in the flour,
  • salt and paprika until smooth. Gradually add the cream, milk and
  • wine. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until
  • thickened. Stir in the crab, mushrooms and chives; heat through.
  • Stir in cheese just until melted.
  • Transfer to a greased shallow 1-qt. baking dish. Melt remaining
  • butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over crab mixture. Bake,
  • uncovered, at 400° for 10-15 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand
  • for 5 minutes. Serve with crackers. Yield: about 2 cups.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 64 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 185 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.