Garlicky Crab Bites #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on February 3, 2013

Garlicky Crab Bites

If I’ve learned anything about cooking over the years, it’s that good food doesn’t need to be complicated. This is especially handy to know when throwing a party. Sure, I like to wow my guests just as much as the next person, but I’ve found that folks tend to gravitate towards the no-fuss treats on the table. These Garlicky Crab Bites fit that bill. This week the #SundaySupper crew is hosting a Super Bowl party, and y’all are invited … the table is packed with all sorts of wonderful goodies including appetizers, sammies and even some desserts … nothing too fussy and everything quite yummy.

Most of my appetizers come from my mom’s repertoire, and everyone knows all about the “bacon cheese things,” a simple, yet irresistible appetizer. My mom always hosted the best parties, and despite being a big production, food wise, she made it look effortless. Just on her side alone, this Swiss-Italian family could easily fill a house. And that’s just the first cousins! The key was organization. And the goal was to keep the appetizers and martinis flowing. I was her server, and I could be entrusted with just about anything except a platter of her crab hors d’oeuvres. One for the platter, one for me. One for a guest, one for me. It was too easy to pop one in the mouth, and I couldn’t seem to help myself. While I’m still working on the self-control, these Garlicky Crab Bites remain my all-time fave.

Bet you can’t eat just one!

Garlicky Crab Bites

In a medium bowl, mix together the crab meat, mayo, garlic, and Tabasco.  Don’t worry about cracking crabs yourself–most supermarkets now have small tubs of fresh crab meat at the fish counter. By the way, feel free to toss in a handful of shredded cheese, if the mood strikes you.


Cut the bread rounds and place them on a cookie sheet. I used Orowheat Potato Bread today, but any white bread is fine.  Also, I used a 1 1/2″ biscuit/cookie cutter to make the rounds, but I’m sure you could use the rim of a shot glass in a pinch!

Garlicky Crab Bites

Using a teaspoon, spoon the crab mixture onto each round. There should be enough mixture to make about 30 appetizers, unless you keep sampling the crab mix.

Garlicky Crab Bites

Pop them under the broiler, and pull them out when they’re all hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with chopped chives.

Garlicky Crab Bites

Fix a plate for yourself and let everyone fend for themselves!

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A scoop of fresh crab mixed with garlic and mayo, sitting atop a round of toast makes the perfect bite.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 15
  • 8 oz fresh crab meat
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 6-7 slices white bread
  • Chopped chives for garnish
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the crab, mayonnaise, garlic, and Tabasco.
  2. Cut bread into rounds with a 1½" biscuit cutter and place rounds on a cookie sheet.
  3. Spoon one teaspoon of the crab mixture onto each round.
  4. Broil until golden and bubbly (watch closely--this doesn't take long)
  5. Arrange on a serving platter and garnish with chopped chives. Serve immediately. Makes 30 rounds.


Now, let’s see what the others are cooking up for the Har-Bowl…. GO NINERS!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannon @VillageGirlBlog February 3, 2013 at 6:45 am

Good food doesnt need to be fussy. Love it! These look amazing! Yum!


Alaiyo Kiasi February 3, 2013 at 7:05 am

So easy and so cute! I love one-bite seafood appetizers.


Jen @JuanitasCocina February 3, 2013 at 7:09 am

Okay, since these are tiny, I can eat tons of them, right?


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 3, 2013 at 7:16 am

I love the bread idea! It’s a great use to use up some bread! I also love the crab! I have to make this recipe!!!


Katie February 3, 2013 at 7:50 am

Simple but delicious – this is my kind of appetizer! I don’t blame you for sampling so many…I think I’d do the same thing 😉


Renee February 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

Yummy! Oh how I love crab and these bite-sized treats look so good.


MomWhatsForDinner February 3, 2013 at 10:04 am

Crab and Garlic!!!! Oh yeah baby! Looks wonderful!
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Amanda @ Marocmama February 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

These are so adorable – wish I had 10-20 to pop into my mouth right now!!


Susan 30A EATS February 3, 2013 at 11:11 am

My mother used to make a similar dish on English muffins. So delicious, and never any leftovers! Great recipe! #SundaySupper


Bea February 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

Love this!!! Fantastic recipe 🙂


Tara February 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I love that they are easy and just the right bite!! Fantastic!!


Soni February 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Oooh love the idea of garlicky crab bites!!So super easy and so much fun 🙂


Liz February 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I can never resist a crab based appetizer! These look wonderful!!!!


Hezzi-D February 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I hope you’re having these crab bites for Baltimore! Yum!


Tammi @ Momma's Meals February 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I’m so embarrassed to admit that I’ve never tried Crab before, I’m not a seafood fan, but gosh darn, these look good!!


Sarah February 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Bet this would make fantastic sandwiches too


Kim Bee February 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Totally adorable little bites. Anything with extra garlic is a winner in my book.


Susan February 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Anything crab basically puts me in a happy place.


Megan - I Run For Wine February 4, 2013 at 5:29 am

What a cute twist on a crab cake! LOVE!


Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere February 4, 2013 at 7:19 am

Yum! I don’t think I would be able to eat just one of these!


Lane @ Supper for a Steal February 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

These look so good. I love how browned and toasty they get. I don’t know if mine would make it onto the serving dish or not.


Cindys Recipes February 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

These crab bites look delicious, Anne!


Stacy February 6, 2013 at 6:16 am

I see that you were the same kind of help I was as wait staff at family parties. 🙂 Good thing our mothers love us, right? Your crab bites sound divine!


Sunithi February 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Love garlic and crab so this will be on my ” make list”! I need to get that neat cutter you have. It makes the bread look nice & bite size. Great pics !!


Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite February 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Oh I so agree. I get so frustrated when someone tells me the reason they eat out all the time, or the reason they buy pre-made meals from the store is they like good food but it is too hard to make themselves. I love that this looks so elegant but is so simple. Great job.


Lillian @ My Recipe Journey February 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

Cute and delicious looking! Great post!


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