Lump Crab Melt Mini Sandwiches

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Crab melts open-faced mini sandwiches on toasted pumpernickel party bread with lump crab, mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese

Lump Crab Melt Mini Sandwiches

Easy, open-faced party sandwiches

Real lump crab, cheese, mayo and toasted cocktail party bread make simple delicious, hot open-faced crab melt mini sandwiches. Creamy and crabby, these mini finger food sandwiches work well for parties because they are small portions or serve them as a light lunch with a green salad. Don't cut corners on the crab -- real lump crab, whether fresh, from a can or the deli -- is a key ingredient. Imitation crab, also called surimi (which is actually white fish) is not what you want to use here. The recipe that inspired my version of crab melts was given to me more than a decade ago by my twin sister and we've been making them ever since because they're that good!

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12 oz. package of cocktail party bread, pumpernickel or Jewish rye (or use 24 slices)

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Toast the cocktail bread so it doesn't become soggy, then spread the mayo-crab mixture on it, top with shredded mozzarella cheese and broil for 4 to 5 minutes

One 6 oz. can premium white lump crab meat, drained

¾ cup mayonnaise

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

½ t. Worchestershire sauce

Several dashes hot sauce

Garlic powder, two or three dashes or to taste

Onion powder, two or three dashes or to taste

Fresh cracked pepper to taste

*Commercially grated Parmesan cheese from a store-bought green shaker is an alternative

Suggested brands: Pepperidge Farm® Dark Pumpernickel Party Bread, Pepperidge Farm® Party Jewish Rye


The crab mixture can be prepared in advance, but wait until baking to spread it on the crackers.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place 24 slices of party bread on an ungreased baking sheet pan and toast on both sides in the oven for 2 minutes. Untoasted bread will become too soggy.

Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl and gently mix well

Spread about an 1/8 inch thick onto party bread slices

Top with shredded mozzarella cheese

Broil for 4 to 5 minutes until hot and bubbly and lightly browned.

Serve warm or at room temperature


24 mini open-faced sandwiches

Serving Suggestion:

--Ideal for any social gathering, easy tapas style finger food

--A light meal served with a green salad

Equipment List:

--standard sized baking sheet pan

--medium sized mixing bowl

--cheese grater or shredder (or purchase pre-shredded cheese)

--wooden spoon or whisk

--measuring teaspoon

--spatula / lifter




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