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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    about 2 cups


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 64 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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