Kick off a summer party with crunchy crostinis topped with lightly spiced crab, fresh tomatoes, and gooey cheese. Keep a close eye on the crab melts when they are under the broiler and pull the pan out of the oven just as the cheese is starting to brown.

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Credit: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe Summary

total:
30 mins
active:
20 mins
Yield:
Serves 8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat broiler with oven rack 6 inches from heat. Place bread on a wire rack on a baking sheet; broil until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove pan; set aside.

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  • Gently combine crabmeat, mayonnaise, cilantro, basil, lime zest, salt, chili powder, and cayenne in a large bowl.

  • Spread crab mixture evenly over bread slices. Top evenly with tomato slices and cheese. Return pan to oven, and broil until cheese is melted and starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes, and serve immediately. Top with basil.

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