An easy, but filling appetizer for your next party. Serve with small serving knife over assorted crackers.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place cream cheese on large plate. Cover with crabmeat, squeeze juice of one lemon over the crabmeat. Pour cocktail sauce over top of the entire concoction.

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Nutrition Facts

318.8 calories; 14.4 g protein; 20.9 g carbohydrates; 99 mg cholesterol; 1324.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2007
This is a nice appetizer recipe one I've made for some time with only 2 differences. 1st I always cut my cream cheese with a small amount of sour cream. Not much because you don't want your base runny - just enough to make it easier to spread on crackers and then I form it on a platter. I've shaped it in the past to reflect the theme of the day - like a christmas tree for example. The only other modification is that I also add a can of tiny drained shrimp (right next to the canned crab in the grocery) - mix the crab and shrimp together in the same bowl used to mix the cream cheese and sour cream (just that small amount of cream cheese that remains on the sides of the bowl mixes with the shrimp and crab and makes it easier to pat onto the outside of the cream cheese base). This is such a cinch to throw together and always goes over well. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/20/2010
This recipe should have stayed in the 50's.... Sorry I was hoping for better. Read More
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55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2007
This is a nice appetizer recipe one I've made for some time with only 2 differences. 1st I always cut my cream cheese with a small amount of sour cream. Not much because you don't want your base runny - just enough to make it easier to spread on crackers and then I form it on a platter. I've shaped it in the past to reflect the theme of the day - like a christmas tree for example. The only other modification is that I also add a can of tiny drained shrimp (right next to the canned crab in the grocery) - mix the crab and shrimp together in the same bowl used to mix the cream cheese and sour cream (just that small amount of cream cheese that remains on the sides of the bowl mixes with the shrimp and crab and makes it easier to pat onto the outside of the cream cheese base). This is such a cinch to throw together and always goes over well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2004
This is always a big hit when I make it. I have found that using the whipped cream cheese in the tub gives it a nice consistency. I've also tried using the non-whipped tub style for some added flavor. The onion and chive is especially good but I like to whip it with my electric mixer first to make the consistency a little lighter and easier to spread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2008
This is so easy and looks great at Christmas. I usually spread cream cheese first then add homemade cocktail sauce then layer the crab meat and spritz with a bit of lemon juice. It looks more appetizing and is nicer to spread on crackers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2006
Unbelievably delicious! I did it backwards - covered the cream cheese with cocktail sauce and then topped with crab meat. This is much better with homemade cocktail sauce (ketchup horseradish lemon juice). I serve with Triscuits or Wheat Thins. Yummo! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2011
I make this at Christmas. I would like to share a prep direction with you all how I prepare it. Put cream cheese in freezer for 15-20 minutes. Take out and cut the top right and left angles to make a Christmas tree out the of cream cheese. Take the two pcs and put them together to form a rectangle. Then add them to bottom of tree for a trunk. You have a Christmas tree. Follow the rest of the directions and serve on a flat decorative plate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2006
I make this all the time and its a great hit. I use the imitation crab meat sold in the refrigerator section. I grate the crab meat up in a food processor and then mix in the cream cheese well then I pour the cocktail sauce over. It turns out great everytime. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2009
Yummy- after I started making this dish I realized that my mother used to make this for special holiday gatherings. I used 2 packages of cream cheese and spread it on a glass dish- then I poured on 1 bottle of the cocktail sauce and then sprinkled on some artificial crab meat then drizzled with some lemon juice- delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2008
good - of course i didn't do it right i just mixed all ingrients together - i hate the messy look of the piles. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2012
Delish. My mother in law came over on Christmas and made this and I was soo addicted! I found this recipe and decided to make it...wondeful wonderful!! The only thing I didn't do because it's what she didn't do was use lemon. I suspose that if the crab meat was fresh that would be the way to go but I used a pouch imitation in the seafood dept from our grocery store. And I'm still addicted. What a neat little appetizer for parties or just when you want something with crackers. I'll be making this again and again. Myself and my 3 daughters just love this. I didn't expect my son and husband to but that's more for us. I love love this!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/20/2010
This recipe should have stayed in the 50's.... Sorry I was hoping for better. Read More
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