Updated on November 3, 2017
Do you have a holiday favorite that you have had every Christmas for as long as you can remember? For me, it is crabbies. We always had that Christmas day, as well as bacon wrapped chestnuts, deviled eggs, and other appetizers. We pretty much fill up on appetizers that, by the time that dinner rolled around, we were too full to each much of the dinner! In recent years, we have all gotten smart enough to have a light dinner of something that isn’t too holiday-ish, such as sushi.
Crabbies are not what you think they are. I have realized that this is a New England dish as many Southerners and Westerners have never heard of it. Even people who don’t like seafood like these as you can’t really even taste the crabmeat! It’s not like a crab cake at all.
Whenever I make these for parties (as this is my default dish I make when I am invited to parties and need to make a dish), I always get “Oh my! What is this? This is so good!” They are usually gone very quickly too! If you make these for a get-together or a party, I can guarantee they will be a big hit! (Just don’t forget to mention they do have cheese and shellfish for those that are allergic to dairy and/or shellfish.)
Make sure you get the Old English cheese or one that is just like it as that is the only cheese that will work. When it is under the broiler, watch it carefully as it can burn easily and quickly! I have learned this the hard way! Also, please don’t deviate from the recipe. In the past, I have added too much garlic salt by mistake and have ruined a whole batch because of it.