Monday, January 16, 2012



Our friend, Diane, is a wonderful creative cook and she gave us this recipe eons ago.  Okay, maybe it was just a couple of decades, but we have it frequently and enjoy it every time.  It's great for brunch, lunch or for a light dinner.  It's easy, it's quick and it's wonderful to serve for large group.  It's crabby, cheesy and very tasty.


2 hard rolls
1 6 ounce can crab (You can use fresh crab or pasteurized crab, but both are more expensive)
2 to 3 ounces Swiss cheese
1 to 1/2 teaspoon capers, rinsed.  (DO NOT OMIT THESE!)
2 green onions, white and green parts finely chopped
1/4 to 1/3 cup mayonnaise

Preheat oven to 350°

Serves two for dinner/four for brunch or lunch

Hollow out the rolls leaving a thin shell.  Tear the bread from the rolls into small chunks and toss into a bowl.  Drain and pick over the crab for any shells and add to the bowl.  Dice the cheese into fairly small chunks (you can grate it, but that's more work than you really need to do).  Add the cheese to the bowl along with the capers and the chopped green onions.  Toss the mixture carefully then add enough mayonnaise to hold it all together.  (DO NOT USE MIRACLE WHIP ... actually never use Miracle Whip or anything like it for anything you cook.  That stuff is nasty!)  Pile the mixture back into the roll shells and place on a baking sheet.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese melts and the skiffs are hot all the way through and just beginning to brown on top.  Don't over cook.  

Serve with a green salad OR for something really special, serve with the Brandied Cranberries as shown in the picture.  The Brandied Cranberries freeze wonderfully.



  1. Hi Elizabeth! Don't know if you remember me, I worked with you briefly at CNCS. I recently found you on Facebook, and discovered your blog which I've been enjoying for some time now. I can't recall if I went by Mike in those days - you probably remember me (if at all) by Reuben. Hope life is treating you well.

  2. Hi there you two! Thought I would pop in on your blog to see what's new, and low and behold, there were my crab skiffs! I had forgotten they ever existed! As you know I am now a vegan. Nevertheless, seeing the recipe, made me drool! I love your blog and recipes....even the ones I can't eat! Your old (really old) friend, Diane