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Crab Puffs Recipe

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Crab Puffs Recipe

© 2005 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Looking for a new and different finger food for parties? You can use fresh or canned crab for these delicious light morsels. If you cannot use beer, substitute clam juice or chicken broth. Crab puff appetizers may be served warm or at room temperature.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 40 servings


  • 1 cup lump crabmeat, picked clean (pasteurized canned is fine)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese (Gruyere suggested)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon dill weed
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 8 Tablespoons) butter
  • 1 cup lager beer (not light beer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs


Preheat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats.

Combine crabmeat, Swiss cheese, chives, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, lemon juice, and dill weed in a bowl. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt butter, beer, salt, and lemon pepper. Bring to a boil. Add flour, remove from heat, and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon. Return to heat. Continue to beat until a dough ball forms. Remove from heat.

Add eggs to dough, one at a time, beating vigorously after each addition until well-combined.

Fold crab mixture into dough.

Pour puff dough into a large zip-top bag, squeeze out the air, and seal. Cut about 1/3-inch from one corner of the bag. Pipe dough onto baking sheets into mounds about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.

Bake crab puffs 25 to 30 minutes until crispy and golden brown. May be served warm or at room temperature.

Note: Crab Puffs, like all choux pastry, are best made under low humidity conditions. If you cannot use beer, you may substitute chicken or clam broth. As a last resort, use water, but they will not be as flavorful.

Yield: about 40 crab puffs

Crab Puffs Recipe Photo © 2005 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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 5 out of 5
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I catch my own crab outside the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco...I needed to find a recipe related to crab puffs. This is an excellent recipe. The crab puffs are light and delicate and fulfilling.... The result is I have many crab puffs to go along with Thanksgiving Dinner...To share time with the family.... Very nice....

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