Cherry Tomato and Crab Bites

Have I mentioned my love of seafood before? Surely I have waxed poetic about crab legs at some point. I don’t want to toot my own horn but I happen to be pretty awesome at cracking crab legs. I know, I know, don’t be jealous ; ) After all you want to eat them while they’re warm, preferably dipped in a vat of melted butter and if there happens to be minced garlic in that butter even better. While the typical portion is 1 pound per person that just isn’t going to cut it with me. Oh no, there must be multiple pounds.

I’ve been known to hi jack crab legs from others plates too. I’m not proud. They’re delicious and I have zero willpower. Sadly they’re not cheap or I’d eat them everyday. BUT if you happen to be stuffing their gorgeous sweet delicate meat into divine little cherry tomatoes they go a long way and can be budget friendly -ish.

This is an absolutely elegant appetizer that you can whip together in no time at all. I will say you’ll probably want to purchase extra crab legs for snacking on while you’re making these. I go the boil my own crab legs route and pick them myself. Why go to that trouble? Have you priced jumbo lump crab meat lately?

But by all means if you find a deal on a container of fresh crab meat take the shortcut. I won’t tell and I know not everyone is a professional crab leg cracker like me ; )

Now I’m sure you’ve noticed that gorgeous cutting board in all of these photos. It’s a BOOS, the rockstar of cutting board if you ask me. It’s 17 pounds of made in America pure kitchen workhorse. BOOS has been around since 1887 so I’d say they’re experts in their field. Everyone from celebrities (you can’t watch a TV show without seeing one of their boards pop up) to regular folks like me clamber to get their hands on one of their boards. I mean just look at them, if for nothing else than they’re gorgeous, but they’re more than a pretty face!

This beautiful BOOS block FEATURES:

Hard Maple Edge Grain Construction
2 1/4″ Thick – Reversible
Hand Grips
Boos Block Cream Finish w/ Beeswax
Weight = 17 pounds

So who wants to win one? Silly question right ; )

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Cherry Tomato and Crab Bites

What You Will Need:

  • 1 pound crab legs
  • salt/pepper
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • fresh thyme - to garnish

What To Do:

  1. Place a large pot of salted water onto boil. When boiling, add crab legs and cook 3-4 minutes. Drain.
  2. Cut tops of cherry tomatoes and scoop out the pulp. Sprinkle inside with salt. Invert onto a paper towel to drain.
  3. Remove crab meat from shells.
  4. Into a small bowl add: crab meat, mayonnaise, lemon juice. Season with salt/pepper. Mix to combine.
  5. Using a small spoon equally divide crab mixture between tomatoes. Top each with a small sprig of thyme.


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    I would chop up ingredients for my favorite salsa. I also love your site and have pinned so many of your recipes.

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    The first thing I would cut would be all sorts of veggies for My Homemade Bean and Kielbasa Soup I have been dying to make!!!! :) I have been lusting over a BOOS board for years..have never saw a giveaway of one before…so excited…Thank you for the opportunity!!! :)

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    I would LOVE a Boos Cutting Board; they are my favorite and I have wanted one for so long. I would chop fennel and leeks on it! Just found out you’ll be at the Dole Conference, too and I’m so excited to meet you!
    Have a great weekend.

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    Carmen /

    I’d chop up some vegetables for chicken fried rice.

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    So simple and yummy, Paula! I love this!


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