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Appetizers

Cheesy Hot Crab and Red Pepper Spread

Cheesy Hot Crab and Red Pepper Spread recipe
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If you're a fan of crab and red peppers, this spread has your name on it! Perfect to make and take to a party, it'll go fast if you share it with a crowd!
time
prep:
10 min
total:
30 min
servings
total:
3 cups spread or 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 16 pieces
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What You Need

1-1/2
cups  KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
1
pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1
tsp.  garlic powder
1
tsp.  Italian seasoning
1
 red pepper, chopped
1
small  onion, finely chopped
1
can  (6 oz.) crabmeat, drained
 Thin wheat snack crackers

Make It

HEAT oven to 375°F.

RESERVE 1/2 cup mozzarella; refrigerate until ready to use. Mix all remaining ingredients except crackers until well blended.

SPREAD into 9-inch pie plate.

BAKE 20 min. or until crab mixture is heated through and top is lightly browned. Top with reserved mozzarella. Serve with crackers.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Make Ahead
Prepare spread as directed, but do not bake. Refrigerate up to 2 days. When ready to serve, bake at 375ºF for 25 min. or until heated through. Top with the reserved mozzarella, then serve as directed.
Variation
Prepare spread as directed. Serve with multi-grain toasted chips instead of the thin wheat snack crackers. Makes 3 cups spread or 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 12 chips each.
Special Extra
Garnish with chopped fresh parsley just before serving.
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