Make This in 2010: Puff Pastry Rounds with Crab and Chives

by Maris Callahan on December 22, 2010

I know what you’re doing today. And no, I’m not clairvoyant nor have I been stalking you. I just know that you’re staring into your refrigerator or freezer and your eyes are darting nervously, back and forth to your dining room, kitchen table or wherever you plan on doing your holiday entertaining. You’re thinking: I don’t have enough food for everyone.

And you absolutely do, but I know the way you think. I like to think that way too. These are perfect for finger foods to garnish any buffet table and if you’re fancy-pants, they’d make a lovely passed hoer’dourve (cute catering waiters not included).

Warm, flaky puff pastry always tastes delicious but when topped with a savory combination of cheeses, lump crabmeat and chives…well, just trust me when I tell you it doesn’t get much better. This is a Real Simple recipe and I dare you – no, I double dare you, to make it before 2011.

puff pastry with crab and chives

Puff Pastry Rounds with Crab & Chives
Makes 64 rounds


2 sheets frozen puff pastry (a 17.3-ounce box), thawed
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
kosher salt and black pepper
1 pound lump crabmeat


Heat oven to 400° F. Using a 2-inch cookie cutter, cut the pastry into rounds. Place on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.

In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, chives, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Fold in the crab.

Dividing evenly, spoon the crab mixture onto the pastry rounds (about 2 teaspoons each). Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until the pastries are golden and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with more chives, if desired. Serve hot.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Marisa December 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Mmmm these sound so delicious! I’ll have to make them soon.


Maria December 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Great recipe for the holidays. Merry Christmas!


leslie December 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Nooo. I double DOG dare you!!!!!
These look wonderful.


lisa December 23, 2010 at 8:56 am

You know me like a book-these will be great for Christmas eve


Rachel December 23, 2010 at 11:00 am

Maris these look amazing. I might just need to make these for our annual New Year’s eve party. Merry Christmas!


Joanne December 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Can i tell my mom that I want cute catering waiters this year? Christmas would be infinitely more awesome if I had someone to flirt with.
These look delicious! I’ll tell her I want these too. :P


Lora @cakeduchess December 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

These look savory and yummy! I think I will try for Christmas Eve:) Merry Christmas!


nancy morrissey lloyd December 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm

looks yummy i must try it


vegetarianirvana December 25, 2010 at 9:05 am

Hi Maris
Thanks for visiting my site which has brought me to yours. What a charming food blog you have and I am happy to see another person who is passionate about cooking for themselves. I love that you have so many fun and interesting vegetarian options as well. Best wishes for the holiday season and A Happy 2011.


daryl December 25, 2010 at 9:19 am

Had them last night and they are incredible!


Karen December 25, 2010 at 10:40 am

Maris, thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! These puff pastry rounds look very tasty. :-) Have a very merry Christmas!


Devaki @ weavethousandlfavors December 25, 2010 at 11:29 am

How absolutely lip smackingly delish! :) Merry Christmas!
Ciao,Devaki @ weavethousandflavors


ann December 25, 2010 at 7:06 pm

That is a great recipe. I could eat some right now. yes, I’ve been eating all day( week, month) and I could still enjoy one of these. That’s how good they look!


Lawyer Loves Lunch December 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm

You read my mind! I think I’m going to run out of food at every party I host and yet, we always have so much food, we have to send people home with leftovers! These appetizers look like the perfect addition to any party! :)


rebecca December 25, 2010 at 10:43 pm

great and tasty party food
Merry Christmas


momgateway December 25, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Hi Maris,
Many recipes from Real Simple have worked well for me too. I’m sure this will be fantastic…I’ll try it with tuna as I can’t eat crab! Thanks for dropping by because now I’ve discovered your delicious blog!


Justeen @ Blissful Baking December 26, 2010 at 1:10 am

i wish i’d seen these before christmas – they would have made a fabulous appetizer! hope you had a very merry christmas!


Alison Moore Smith December 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Those look divine. Great New Year’s Eve treat!


Lemon Detox Diet January 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Great Recipe!! I have tried and it was very easy to follow. Trust me they taste even better then they look!


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