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    Default What to do with crab....

    Hi all,

    I was wondering if you have any ideas how to use canned crab or lump imitation crab meat? I got a deal on the cans last week, and my local grocery store has the lump imitation for $1 per package. I thought it would be a nice and frugal alternative to other expensive meats. Recipes would be appreciated!

    Thanks!

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    If it was me, i would make an alfredo pasta with it...or in a salad....or on a croissant........in a quesidilla---I love crab.......hard to find good deals on it, good for you!!!!

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    I love crab quesidillas (sp)!! How about crab patties? Eating it on salad is good, too.

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    Not low fat, but I saute the imitation crab in butter and minced garlic. Yummy!

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    I agree....Alfredo pasta with homemade garlic bread. Mmm, yummy.

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    You could use it in place of tuna...i.e. crab noodle casserole.
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    Thanks everyone for all of the ideas!

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    Crab and Cheese Buns:

    1/2 lb Velveeta cheese
    1/4 cup margarine
    1 tbsp chopped onion (finely chopped)
    6 drops Worcestershire sauce
    5 oz crab meat
    Hamburger buns

    Mix above first five ingredients together over double boiler. Stir with a spatula for 20 - 30 minutes until completely melted. Spread on hamburger buns when mixture is slightly cooled. Bake under broiler until cheese browns and bubbles. Makes approx. 12. May be frozen until ready to use.

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    Crab Cake Sandwiches

    1 lb lump crabmeat or imitation crab
    1/2 stick unsalted butter
    1/2 small onion, chopped
    1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
    2 large eggs
    1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    2 tbsp tartar sauce
    2 slices white sandwich bread torn into small pieces
    6 tbsp bread crumbs or crushed croutons

    Cook the onion and 1/2 tsp of kosher salt in 1 tbsp of butter in a skillet, over medium-high heat. In a small bowl, beat the eggs. Add Worcestershire sauce, the remaining 1/2 tsp kosher salt, paprika, pepper, tartar sauce, and cooked onions. Add crab meat and torn bread. Line a baking tray with wax paper and sprinkle with 1/2 of the bread crumbs. Form the mixture into six cakes onto the wax paper. Sprinkle tops of cakes with the remaining half of the bread crumbs. Cover the crab cakes loosely with another sheet of wax paper and chill for 1-2 hours. This is a very important step, as your crab cakes will fall apart if you don't chill first. Melt the remaining 3 tbsp of in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the crab cakes until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Serve on rolls with cocktail sauce and tartar sauce.

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    Make a big pot of good Maryland Crab Soup. I made a batch and froze it. Got it out in the winter, and it really hit the spot. There is a recipe on the back of the Old Bay canister that is pretty good.

    Crab cakes are also a good thing too.

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    I love the imitation crab, I usually just eat it plain out of the package, LOL. But I think it would be wonderful with pasta and alfredo sauce, in a salad, or even as another person suggested, baked in a casserole...yum!

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    My mom makes a really yummy pasta salad with canned crab it in.

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    Thanks to everyone for the ideas!

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    I make these for the holidays using canned crab. They freeze well.

    Cheesy crab Rolls never last long, look fancy, are easy to make and taste great. I always have to make these for get togethers. What's nice is that you can make them ahead of time and just take out how many you want to serve.

    Cheesy Crab Rolls

    20 slices of bread ~remove crusts & flatten with rolling pin and stack off to the side.

    In saucepan melt~4T margarine & 6 oz. american cheese
    add~2T milk or white wine & 2 cans (6oz. each) crabmeat, drained. May need to add a bit more liquid to make it spreadable.

    Spread crab mix onto bread slices and roll up jelly roll style and place on parchment(or waxed paper) lined pan that you can put in freezer.

    Melt 1/3 c. margarine add 1/2 tsp paprika and brush on rolls. Place seam side down. Freeze 1 hour then transfer to freezer bags & freeze.

    To serve, let stand flat at room temp 10 min. Slice each roll into 4 slices. Arrange on greased baking sheet. Bake 375 for 12 min or until golden.
    Makes 80
    Last edited by Darlene; 09-07-2008 at 01:00 PM.

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