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Holiday Appetizer Puffs

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.

Makes

4 dozen

Good things come in little packages with these melt-in-your-mouth holiday appetizers. Besides crabmeat, I've used whipped cream or pudding as the filling to create bite-sized desserts. They're perfect Christmas finger foods!
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained and cartilage removed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Immediately cut a slit in puffs to allow steam to escape. When cool, split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in the remaining filling ingredients. Just before serving, spoon filling into puffs; replace tops.

Nutrition Facts

3 each: 195 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 369mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein.

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