Lady Mary’s Crab Canapes: Downton Abbey

Are there any Downton Abbey fans out there? I’ve come into possession of the “unofficial” Downton Abbey Cookbook and started making some of the recipes. Today I’m sharing Lady Mary’s Crab Canapes recipe with a little twist of my own. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Lady Mary's Crab Canapes - from Downton Abbey


Today I’m also joining blogging friends who are showcasing some of their favorite fall appetizers, too. Thanks to Kristen at Ella Claire & Co. for organizing this fun event.

Here’s the Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook where I found the recipe for crab canapes. Many years ago a neighbor friend of mine brought a crab appetizer to a party and I loved it. I’ve since lost touch with her, along with losing the recipe, so I was pretty excited to find something similar in the newest addition to my cookbook collection.

Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook


I made the canape crostini using a “take and bake” loaf of bread. You know, the kind you put in the oven for about 10 minutes and it tastes like you were baking all day. Once the loaf cools a bit, you can cut it into uniform slices to make your crostini.

Bread and Crab Dip


The actual recipe says to put the slices in the oven to crisp, but I prefer to crisp them in my grill pan to keep them more of a toasted flavor.

Grilled Bread Crostini


Once crisp, you simply spread a layer of the cheesy crabmeat mixture (recipe below) on each slice and bake them for about 15 minutes to a beautiful golden brown. Mmm. These remind me of the canapes that my neighbor introduced me to.

Lady Mary's Crab Canapes - from Downton Abbey


This is a fairly quick and easy recipe that tastes like you spent a lot of time. Give it a try, and if you’re a Downton Abbey fan, you might want to get the cookbook! And by the way – there’s also the “Official Downton Abbey Cookbook” if you want the real deal.


Lady Mary's Crab Canapes - from Downton Abbey
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Lady Mary's Crab Canapes

Course Appetizer


  • 1 loaf bread (take and bake or similar) cut into 48 slices
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups canned crabmeat drained
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1-2 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • paprika for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. After baking the bread according to package directions, cut into 48 slices. Spread butter on each side of slice and toast in grill pan, each side. You can also toast in the preheated oven for 1-2 minutes if you don't have a grill pan.

  3. In a large bowl, blend crabmeat, mayonnaise, and cream cheese. Once evenly blended, add the Parmesan cheese, Old Bay seasoning, sea salt, Tabasco sauce, lemon juice, and white pepper.

  4. Spread crabmeat mixture on individual toasts and arrange evenly on a baking sheet. Bake in the middle of the preheated oven until puffed and golden, about 10-15 minutes. Serve warm.


See more fall appetizers from my blogging friends:

16 Fall Appetizers

Delicious Warm Cheddar Cheese Dip by Ella Claire & Co. | Baked Brie & Walnut Puffs by On Sutton Place | Baked Delicata Rings by Inspired by Charm | Baked Brie with Figs and Honey by Boxwood Avenue


16 Fall Appetizers

Fall Charcuterie Platter by Craftberry Bush | Truffle, Almond, & Apple Flatbread by The Chronicles of Home | Lady Mary’s Crab Canapes by Town and Country Living | Roasted Grapes on Baguette by Tidbits


16 Fall Appetizers

Zucchini Tart with Goat Cheese by My Sweet Savannah | Mini Pumpkin Pies by Shabby FuFu | Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers by Farmhouse on Boone | Fall Charcuterie by Happy Happy Nester


16 Fall Appetizers

Roasted Garlic Hummus by Home Made Lovely | Smoky Cheese Ball by Tidy Mom | Easy Skillet Brie by French Country Cottage | Gluten + Dairy Free Herbed Boursin with Cranberry Almond Crackers by Zevy Joy


Baked Cheese, Pear and Prosciutto Cresent Roll by Julie Blanner | Rosemary Cashews by Rooms for Rent

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  1. Major Downton Abbey fan. These look delicious and I am definitely going to make (love crab also). Thank you for the recipe.

  2. I’m not familiar with the Downtown Abbey show, but the recipe sounds delicious. I copied it for my husband to see if he’d be interested in trying it since he’s the cook of the family and I’m not.

  3. These were delicious. Used fresh crab. I’m thinking Lady Mary might have used only a teaspoon of Old Bays though. Turned out a little salty.

  4. Thank you for the recipe. We don’t have Old Bay Seasoning in Australia. Could you possibly
    recommend an alternative please? Regards, Linda