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Holiday season is all about parties! We always host a big family party on Christmas Day and have lots of appetizers and finger food for everyone to eat until Christmas dinner. This year one of the appetizers I am planning to make is these Jalapeno Crab Bites, a delicious party food.
I like to have a large variety of food for our Christmas Day, because it is one of those days many people don’t each much for breakfast! The excitement of presents means breakfast tends to be rushed, if it is eaten at all. Everyone in my family loves seafood, so I try to include some every year. A few years ago I made a squid appetizer, and that was not a big hit, so I figured I’d stick to something more traditional this year and make crab cake bites. This recipe uses Tabasco Green Jalapeno sauce to enhance the flavor of the crab meat.
I wanted to try the recipe out first before serving if for Christmas, because after the squid incident I realized winging it on a holiday is risky! I like lump crab cakes with only a few ingredients, not lots of filler. I want to be able to really taste the crab! So I just added some bread crumbs and a shallot to the lump crab meat, and then flavored it with the Green Jalapeno Sauce and some mustard powder and used eggs to hold it all together. The Green Sauce is milder than original Tabasco Red Sauce, so you can add quite a bit to liven up the flavor of the crab cakes.
The key to making good lump crab cakes it to mix the ingredients gently, so you don’t break up the crab meat. I mixed the ingredients by hand, because that is the best way to make sure it gets well mixed.
I used mini muffin tins to make the Crab Bites perfectly bite sized. They cook better if you refrigerate them for at least half an hour after making them. This helps them hold together and it is convenient for a party, because you can make them ahead of time and just refrigerate them until right before the party. Holiday party recipes that can be made in advance are great, because then there is less rushing around when guests are expected.
The Crab Bites were quite tasty, and the Jalapeno Sauce gave them a nice kick. They are perfect for my holiday entertaining this year.
Jalepeno Crab Bites
- 1 lb lump crab meat
- 1 shallot
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 Tablespoon Tabasco Green Jalepeno sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Dice the shallot finely and gently mix the shallot, the crab meat and the eggs together.
- Combine the bread crumbs, Tabasco Sauce, mustard and salt and sprinkle over the crab meat mixture.
- Gently mix all the ingredients.
- Spray two mini-muffin tins with cooking spray. Add 1 T of crab mixture to the tins.
- Refrigerate the muffin tins for at least 1/2 an hour, or until time to cook.
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Bake the crab bites for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown on top.
Nutrition facts are estimates.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Cholesterol: 43mgSodium: 441mgCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 8g
What are your favorite holiday appetizers?
18 thoughts on “Jalapeno Crab Bites”
Oh – my hubby would be all over these! I’ll have to save this recipe 🙂
These sound perfect for this time of the year for holiday gatherings and potluck dishes. Sounds like it would be a favorite!
This is perfect for a family gathering!!! Thank you for sharing this!
These look great!! I need to get brave and try a dish with crab meat.
Those look amazing! I have a Christmas party next weekend I’m going to try this out!
This looks like a combination that would delight! I can’t wait to try it. Love jalapeno!
This looks delicious – and simple. Perfect recipe for a busy day! #client
This looks so good. We love crab and I bet the jalapeno adds a great amount of bite to it.
I bet the jalepeno flavor makes it awesome and gives it an amazing kick! I love regular crab bites, but these sound like they would be great for any party!
I’m excited to try these! They sound like a delicious appetizer!
These sound amazing! I would have never thought to put jalapeno in them. I definitely need to make these for the Superbowl! (My list keeps getting bigger and bigger…. I may have to actually invite people over to help me eat all this food. 😛 )
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I love crab and this looks so delicious! Pinned. Thanks so much for sharing on MerryMonday.
Oh my goodness I love crab! Don’t ever invite me to a party. I would eat the whole tray of these crab bites. Only half kidding!
What a great little appetizer, we will just love your Jalapeno Crab Bites. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
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These look really good! I love that you can prep them ahead of time and toss them in the oven right before a party. Pinned and shared 🙂
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These sound spectacular. I will be making these the next time we have a get together with friends. Thank you.