Crab Appetizer Roll-ups Recipe

Caroline Hepfler

This appetizer is great because you can make it ahead of time and put it in the freezer. Then on the day you are entertaining, all you need to do is toss it in the oven! And of course you need to let the kids help make this and recite the fun rhyme! This rhyme inspired the cover drawing for my latest book. The drawing was made by Trent Thompson at age 9. Check out his amazing art abilities on my website.

Crab Appetizer Roll-ups Recipe
You will need:
20 slices of bread (white or wheat)
1/2 pound processed cheese spread, cubed (Velveeta)
1/2 pound butter (divided)
1 pound crab meat

Steps to follow:
Trim crusts from bread. Flatten bread with a rolling pin. Melt cheese and 1/4 pound of the butter over low heat . Stir in crab meat. Cool slightly. Spread on bread slices and roll up jelly roll fashion. Melt remaining 1/4 pound of butter. Brush bread rolls with butter. Place seam side down in shallow baking pan. Cover and freeze. Cut rolls in thirds or fourths. Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes. It works best if you make these ahead of time and freeze. Then when you are ready to bake them or need a quick appetizer, you just go to the freezer and bake!

Now it’s time to get with the rhythm! When reading this rhyme, find a beat. Clap your hands or even stomp your feet!

Crab Run Away Rhyme
Ken the crab is wearing a bib!
Six little crabs think it’s a fib.
Ken shouldn’t be wearing a bib,
He’s not going out to eat ribs!
Six little crabs scurry away.
They will come back another day.

For more info on Caroline Hepfler please visit her website at or visit to purchase her new Recipes & Rhyme book.

Caroline Hepfler wants to inspire families to cook and laugh together in the kitchen. Each article includes a kid friendly recipe and a fun rhyme. So what are you waiting for? Lets start rhyming!

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