Friday, August 24, 2012


Hi guys!  Happy Friday! 

I can’t believe that kids go back to school on Monday!  This summer flew by.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that they are back to school…..it just seems that summer went quick.  Addy is going to be in third grade and Paisley starts Kindergarten!  Ahhhhh!  I can’t believe my baby is so old;)  She actually doesn’t go back to school until the Tuesday after Labor Day……they start the kindergartners later here. 

Are you wondering what I am going to make for you today?  I actually can’t believe I waited this long to show you this recipe.  What I am going to show you is one of my favorite things ever.  It is an appetizer we like to call “Crabbies”.  Or if you are my BFF Jennifer, you call them Crabby Patties.  I think she watched too much SpongeBob.

My mom started making these about 20 years ago, from what I remember.  They could have been around a lot longer than that, but that isn’t something I would have paid attention too. These are something that my mom made for every dinner party, bridge night and birthday party.  Carol didn’t create this recipe.  From what she can remember, she got the recipe from her friend Judy….But it is one of those things that has gotten hazy as the years have gone by.  Who really knows where this recipe came from.  That’s not what is important.  What is important here is that they are a little bit of heaven.

Oh yeah, they are also ridiculously easy to make.  You will want to start making them for every party too.


For this recipe, I used English Muffins, Old English Cheese Spread, canned crab, butter, lemon juice, garlic salt and Old Bay seasoning.

This might not be the exact recipe that was given to my mom a long time ago.  She can’t remember, and she has never met a recipe that she hasn’t changed.   Usually this works for her….but I do get calls from her from time to time questioning why a recipe didn’t work for her…..even though she changed 75% of the recipe;)  She claims the additions of lemon juice and garlic salt. 

Old English cheese is made by Kraft.  It is usually found by the Velveeta.  It is a sharp cheddar potted cheese.  Yes, it is also a pasteurized cheese product and it is straight out of 1975.  Not really, but it seems like it.  I don’t question it or look for substitutes.  Just follow the recipe.


I started by mixing a stick of softened butter with the Old English Cheese Spread.


Then, I stirred in the lemon juice, garlic salt and crab.  I stirred until combined.

Carol also likes to stir in a smidge of hot sauce too.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t written on the recipe I have and she neglected to tell me about this till after I made them.

Anyhoo, I have never mixed in hot sauce, but it sounds delightful.


Finally, I spread this mixture on English muffin halves.  This will make enough to cover 12 halves or the entire package.

I also sprinkled mine with Old Bay Seasoning before I baked them.  Paprika is nice too.

These baked at 425 for about 15 minutes.  Then, I popped them under the broiler until the tops were brown and bubbly.


I cut mine into wedges.  So simple and quick, yet so crazy good.

These remind me of my childhood.


These are such a great appetizer.  They seem to be a real crowd pleaser….even for people that think they don’t like crab.  What wouldn’t be good with a whole stick of butter in it?

I hope you try this recipe sometime.  If you do, you run the risk that Jennifer will come to your house in search of Crabby Patties…..but it is worth the risk;)


1 package English Muffins (6)

4 ounce canned crab, white meat only and drained

5 ounce Old English Cheese Spread

1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened

¼ teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Old Bay seasoning to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, stir together softened butter and cheese spread.  Once combines, stir in crab, lemon juice and garlic salt.

Spread mixture evenly on English muffin halves.  Sprinkle tops with Old Bay.  Bake at 425 for 15 minutes.  Turn oven to “broil” and broil until tops are brown and bubbly.

Cut into wedges.

Makes 48.

1 comment:

  1. So, I just read this, but had to comment....I grew up on these too(and still inhale them every now and then). I knew my mom got the recipe from Crossings folk....so it must have been Judy too! Too funny!