Crab Pizza

New Year’s Eve Perhaps…

My little son gave me Angry Birds (full version) on my iphone for Christmas and just let me say, nothing is getting done. That game is addictive. My family asked me this year what I wanted for Christmas, a very hard question to answer since I already have everything I needed, especially my family, faith, and good health. But I did tell them I wanted to be loved and cherished, and to be warm. Such creativity ensued. Layers of flannel, slippers, jammies, and diamonds. Then I burned the Christmas Brunch, because once a gal gets diamonds pinned to her ears, her brain some how short circuits and she forgets all about the hash browns in the fry pan.

One of the best things about Christmas is that we spend it with family. Ma and Dad come to town, and my brother and his family share Christmas dinner with us. This year I did things differently by setting up a very long table in the living room with a beverage bar, candy, napkins, plate and utensils, and the appetizers. No one had to travel far to fill up, and I was sure to have something that everyone liked. We like plenty of seafood during Christmas and I made my Crab Pizza, Shrimp Louis, and Clam Dip. All a favorite with everyone.

It was Ma’s idea to serve the Shrimp Louis in the tiny 4 ounce Mason Jars and use my Grandma’s cocktail forks. Everyone got a kick out of the presentation! After the appetizers we had a big Ham Dinner followed by dessert which was a tray of Ma’s homemade Italian Cookies.

This Crab Pizza was a famous part of my old roommate Sara’s Holiday Traditions. It was not a feast until someone showed up with the Crab Pizza. This is a beautiful way to highlight deliciously fresh crab meat.

Crab Pizza
8 ounces cream cheese
cocktail sauce, the bolder the better
1/2 pound good lump crab meat
1 T. fresh parsley, minced
zest of one lemon
Club crackers, or any other plain cracker

On a large plate or pretty platter, spread cream cheese into about a 9 inch circle or square. Spread with cocktail sauce, maybe about 1/2 cup, just depends on how much you like. But do be sure it is bold with plenty of horseradish! Sprinkle with crab meat followed by a sprinkling of parsley and lemon zest. Chill until ready to serve. Serve with very plain crackers, like Club. Serves 8.

Tomorrow: How to Do a Hot Cocktail Bar.


  1. Heather (Heather's Dish)
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 9:01 AM | Permalink

    what a cool idea…i need some good fresh crab in my life ASAP!

  2. Karen
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM | Permalink

    Sounds like you had a great day. The table and food looks wonderful! Happy New Year, Robin Sue!

  3. Big Dude
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 12:57 PM | Permalink

    The pizza sounds delicious as do the other items. With that table of food, I believe I'd just graze around it all day and pass on the ham.

  4. highplainsdrifters
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

    that looks downright addictive, even more so than Angry Birds! cheers!

  5. knitalot3
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 4:20 PM | Permalink

    Angry birds ate my brain. When do you put the crab meat on?

  6. FOODalogue
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 5:27 PM | Permalink

    Cute idea!

    Happy New Year to you and everyone around the table in the Big Red Kitchen!

  7. Robin Sue
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 5:50 PM | Permalink

    knitalot3- thanks for pointing that out! I fixed the recipe. Add crab meat after the cocktail sauce. Enjoy!!

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