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Ultimate Party Crab Bites


Crab cakes, crab bites, what's the difference? Everybody loves them, so serve them at your next party! Make a lot–they go fast!

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  • 2 cups breadcrumbs, plus 1 cup
  • 16 ounces crabmeat
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • Vegetable oil for frying


Servings 10
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 40mins
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Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients (except 1 cup of reserved breadcrumbs). Scoop and form into bite sized balls.

Roll balls in reserved breadcrumbs. Place on a large platter and chill for a half of an hour.

Heat 1″ of oil in a large frying pan until a deep fry thermometer registers at 350ºF. Fry the crab bites until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and place on a cookie sheet in a 200ºF oven to keep them warm while you fry the rest of them up.

Serve with cocktail sauce, tartar sauce and lemon wedges.

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