Crab Puffs

Crab puffs are the ideal finger food for parties. For this recipe, use the best quality Parmesan cheese you can find — its strong flavor is a terrific complement to the delicate crab and artichoke without adding many calories or much fat. If you're a fan of spicy food, feel free to bump up the horseradish in this recipe for a sinus-clearing experience.

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 6 to 7 minutes Yield: 6 servings (4 pieces each)

3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

Vi pound snow crabmeat

1 egg white

V* cup lowfat sour cream

1 Preheat the broiler.

2 In a small bowl, reserve 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, the chopped artichokes, crabmeat, egg white, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic.

3 Place the English muffin halves on a baking pan and spread the crab mixture equally onto each muffin. Sprinkle the reserved Parmesan cheese on top.

4 Place the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes, or until the crab mixture holds its form.

5 Remove the pan from the freezer and place the pan under the broiler for 6 to 7 minutes, or until the muffin topping is lightly browned and bubbly. Cut each muffin into quarters.

Per serving: Kcalories 180 (From Fat 47); Fat 5g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 41mg; Sodium 536mg; Carbohydrate 20g (Dietary Fiber 1g); Protein 13g.

V* cup lowfat mayonnaise 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish V2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 small garlic clove, minced 3 English muffins, halved

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