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Cheesy Crab Appetizers

Cheesy, gooey appetizers that are great to make ahead and store in the freezer
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Freeze2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: cheese, crab
Servings: 12
Author: Laura’s Delicious Life


  • Food processor


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt whole milk
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 8 ounces shredded cheese *see note
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 2 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 8 ounces crab meat
  • 6 English muffins split


  • Place the butter, yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic, cream cheese, shredded cheese, garlic salt, red pepper flakes and wine in the bowl of a food processor.
  • Process until smooth and creamy, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides, about 2 minutes.
    Cheesy crab appetizers in food processor
  • Scrape the cheese mixture into a mixing bowl and gently stir in the crab meat.
  • Place the English muffins on a baking sheet. Spread the cheese and crab mixture evenly on the cut side of the muffins, spreading all the way to the edges.
    Spread crab mixture on split English muffins
  • Freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
  • Cut each English muffin into four quarters and store in an airtight container until ready to cook, up to 3 months.
    Cut frozen appetizers into quarters
  • When ready to cook, preheat your broiler and place the crab appetizers on a baking sheet. Broil until golden brown and bubbly, about 5 minutes.


Feel free to use any good melting cheese. I usually use gruyere and cheddar with a little American and/or Parmesan, depending on my mood or what I have on hand. Pepper jack, Monterey Jack or fontina would all be excellent too. 
Depending on how thick you spread the mixture on the muffins, you might have some of the mixture left over. You can either spread it on some more English muffins or eat it with some crackers!