California Crab Grilled Cheese

What happens when you add sweet crab meat to an American classic like grilled cheese? Give this recipe a try and find out! Recipe created by Patterson Watkins, Grand Prize winner in the 2010 Ultimate Crab Challenge Recipe Contest.

Recipe submitted by: Patterson W. from Philadelphia, PA

California Crab Grilled Cheese


  • 1 lb. Phillips Crab Meat
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. oil-packed sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. Hellmann’s mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • 8 slices sourdough bread, thick-sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brie, rind trimmed, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups watercress, cleaned
  • 12 slices applewood smoked bacon, cooked
  • 1 medium avocado, peeled and sliced

Cooking Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, fold together crab meat, lemon juice, tomatoes, mayonnaise, mustard and dill.
  • Brush sourdough slices evenly with butter on one side. Flip four of the slices, and mound the unbuttered sides evenly with brie, watercress, bacon, avocado, and crab meat mixture. Top with remaining four bread slices, buttered sides up.
  • Grill sandwiches in a large skillet over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, or until bread is toasted and cheese has melted. Cut in half and enjoy!

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