This has got to be one of the most versatile, easy and filling appetizers. It is a favorite when we are home or on vacation...for lunch, dinner with soup or just as an appetizer. If you like crab, cheese and bread, you won't be disappointed!
Stuffed French Bread aka Crab Bread
(adapted from San Francisco A La Carte)
1 loaf French bread
8 ounces cheese spread (or an 8 oz. jar of commercial cheese spread)
Mayonnaise to moisten
2 (6 ounce) cans crab meat (or abt 6-8 oz fresh cooked crab)
Chopped parsley, for the top (abt. 1/4 cup)
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1 Tbsp butter, softened
Place the grated cheese and butter in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
Preheat over to 350 degrees F. Cut the loaf of French bread in half lengthwise. Remove some of the bread to make a shallow trench in each half (if you like). Cover each half of the bread with cheese spread. Add the mayonnaise to the crab meat to moisten and spread over the cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Cut into serving pieces and serve.
As you can see by the picture...I was overzealous and put the parsley on before baking! I didn't matter.