Chili Crab in Won Ton Cups

Liking the look of desserts baked in crisp cups made from won ton skins, Louise Ross adapted the idea to a savory crab appetizer. If making up to 1 day ahead, let the crab cups cool out of pan on a rack, then cover and chill. To reheat, set slightly apart on a baking sheet and bake in a 375° oven until hot, 6 to 8 minutes.


Makes 16 appetizers

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Nutritional Information

Calories 70
Caloriesfromfat 46 %
Protein 3.9 g
Fat 3.5 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Carbohydrate 5.7 g
Fiber 0.3 g
Sodium 169 mg
Cholesterol 15 mg


16 won ton skins (3 1/4 in. square)
About 2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup minced green onions, including tops
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilies
6 ounces shelled cooked crab
2 tablespoons mustard-mayonnaise blend (or 1 tablespoon each mayonnaise and Dijon mustard)
1/2 cup shredded jack cheese with chilies


1. Lightly brush 1 side of each won ton skin with oil. Center each square, oiled side down, on a muffin cup (1 1/4-in. across bottom). Gently press skin down to line cup smoothly; skin will extend above pan rim.

2. In a 6- to 8-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, stir 1/2 teaspoon oil and onions until onions are limp, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in chilies, crab, and mustard-mayonnaise.

3. Fill each won ton cup equally with crab mixture. Sprinkle filling evenly with cheese.

4. Bake in a 350° oven until rims of won ton skins are golden and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes (7 to 9 minutes in a convection oven). Lift from pan and serve hot.


Louise Ross, Elk Grove, California,


May 1999
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