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Crab Dip Cheeseball

5 from 12 votes

posted: 12/22/15

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This Crab Dip Cheeseball is so easy to throw together ahead of time, and is absolutely delicious! It’s going to be the first thing gone on the appetizer table!

The Crab Dip Cheeseball has a a big slice showing the light pink inside and topped with cut scallions.


Don’t mind me while I get super emotional and mushy with you. Is it just me or do the holidays make you cry at like everything?? That Christmas carol about the shoes for the kid’s mom . . . I don’t even like that song and it had me in tears the other day.


Over the weekend we celebrated Christmas with my side of the family, and it was seriously the best. In addition to my three crazy monsters, my brothers each have two kids, and they are all really close in age. So of the oldest six kids, they all have at least one cousin who is within 8 months of them in age. It makes for some crazy fun.

The Crab Dip Cheeseball has scallions covering the outside and surrounded by club crackers.

One of the best parts of the day for me was watching my family love on my kids. Seeing my brothers throw Quinn up in the air. Teasing her when she mixes up their names. Tickling Piper and trying to convince her that she would rather be held by them than me. Watching both my dad and Gavin get super emotional while we sang happy birthday to him. (He turned 8 yesterday!)  And then watching my kids basically tackle my dad and his wife to thank them for the gifts they got.

It warmed my cold cold heart. You know, Grinch growing three sizes style.

The Crab Dip Cheeseball has a a big slice showing the light pink inside and topped with cut scallions.

In the midst of all of that, we had so much great food! My dad and brother made some traditional Italian dishes and my dad’s wife made this amazing salad. We had my Cranberry Orange Sangria and we had THIS! This Crab Dip Cheeseball was a big hit!

It was originally going to be baked into wonton cups, but I couldn’t get the wonton cups to be as crispy as I wanted. And then I thought of my friend Trish and how she makes so many things into awesome cheeseballs. It was even her suggestion to cover it in scallions, which make it absolutely gorgeous.

It all turned out way better than I could have hoped for. You definitely have to make it for your family. I can’t say for sure that it’s what made the day so perfect, but it certainly didn’t hurt. Here’s hoping your holidays with your family are just as wonderful!


5 from 12 votes

Crab Dip Cheeseball

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  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature (I used Philadelphia)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 bunch scallions diced small and divided
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup imitation crab shredded


  • Using a hand mixer, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic salt.
  • Then mix in 1 TBSP of the diced scallions (reserving the rest), the mozzarella, and the crab. Refrigerate for at least one hour or until it is firm enough to handle.
  • Once firm, roll into a ball and coat with the remaining scallions. Serve with crackers.
Author: Lisa Longley

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 The Crab Dip Cheeseball has scallions covering the outside and surrounded by club crackers.

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  1. Sheila says

    Hi Lisa, instead of the garlic salt, can I use old bay to really make it crabby tasting. I’m also going to use crab meat, not the imitation

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried it that way but it sounds delicious!

  2. Jami says

    How long can this be stored in the fridge? Can it be frozen?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I would keep this in the fridge without the outside coating for two days, and then add the coating before serving. I would not freeze this.

  3. Jay Jops says

    Hi lisa, everytimr I get notification I get excited at your recipe ???? thanks so much I would definitely try I on our family potluck Christmas dinner and serve it alongside my cheese board I’m sure it will be a hit esp.it’s a new addition to our appetizers. That imitation crab comes frozen in a bag, right,? Do I just thaw it and no need to cook? Also, have you tried using cheddar instead of mozz? Thanks and have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you so much Jay! I find the imitation crab in a package usually in the frozen seafood section. No need to cook it, just break it apart. You could also use canned real crab, just make sure that you check it for shell pieces. I haven’t tried it with cheddar cheese, but I think it would be delicious. Merry Christmas!

  4. Kat Rogers says

    5 stars
    Oh, I just £ove Cheeseballs, and am so thrilled to see that you have a few listed here! The wife of a partner where I used to work made a most wonderful cheeseball~ I think it was Mostly The BLUE Cheese That Made It So EXTRA Delicious (Yep, I????THAT Stuff!). SO, to make a short story long~ I bet THIS Cheeseball would taste pretty Extra with some Blue Cheese in it, huh.

    Anyway, I’m going to continue to peruse your fabulous recipes and save them for my next cooking (Preparing) spree.

    Thanks… And Happy New Year!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Happy New Year! I hope you love it!

  5. Claudette says

    5 stars
    Love it😊
    Easy and fast done for a party 🎉
    Everybody loved it 🥰

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it Claudette!

  6. Michele White says

    5 stars
    I will definitely have this for the holidays. Yummy 😋

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Samantha Brown says

    I wonder how it would be with real crab meat? Would it work?

    • Lisa Longley says

      It would work fine with real crab :)

  8. Jan Burns says

    This cheeseball is delicious! I will definitely make it again.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m glad you liked it!

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