Fall Harvest Crab Bites

super easy make-ahead canapes for the holidays

20 min|Easy|Mild
fall harvest crab bites super easy make-ahead canapes for the holidays featuring hellmann's products
These cute little Crab Bites make a great side for any holiday meal. Most of the work can be done a day in advance and then baked just before being served, which can be a real time-saver when planning a holiday meal.

In addition to making a great little one-bite phyllo cups, if you have leftover "crab and cheese filling" (which is what you'll have right after step three)… it makes a really great sandwich spread or cracker dip! Because we're using crab meat from a can, there's nothing in the recipe that "has" to be baked, so it's totally usable as-is.

If you're using fresh crab meat (from an actual crab), you would need to boil the meat or prepare the crab for consumption using your normal method before making this recipe. Consuming raw crab meat, is not recommended.

Step by Step Instructions

Preheat and Prep
Preheat the oven to 350°F and fully drain the crab meat if it's from a can, we don't want all that extra liquid in the bites.
Mix everything (except the phyllo cups naturally) in a bowl. Reserve a couple of the green onion and dried cranberry bits to place on top of the bites.
Fill the Phyllo Cups
This cheesy crabby mix can be refrigerated (covered) overnight if you want. Once you're ready to go, place about a teaspoon of the cheesy crabby mix in each phyllo cup (or more, depending on how big your phyllo cups or shells are). The mix doesn't really ooze, bubble or grow much, but I wouldn't overflow the cups too much.
Toppings for Presentation
Add a couple of the green onion bits and a dried cranberry to the top of each (for visual purposes), and dust lightly with smoked paprika (I made a little line of paprika dust down one side of each crab bite).
Bake the Bites
Bake for 7-8 minutes. The phyllo cups that I used here are around 30mm, so baking time may vary depending on the size of the phyllo cup or shell. Since I used crab meat from a can, there really isn't anything in these that "needs" to be cooked, so undercooking (in this case) isn't unsafe. I basically warmed these up until the sides of the phyllo cups started browning.
Serve and Enjoy
Serve warm! But cold is actually really good too!
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