My family loves crabbies. Basically a mixture of Old English cheese spread, canned crab meat, butter, mayo and Old Bay baked on to english muffins. They are addictive: crunchy, chewy, cheesy, crabby, fatty, salty little bites.
However, it's time for an update. They come off very 50's and I'm over the processed food as an ingredient thing. I'm trying to make a nicer version of crabbies that will be just as tasty, but made from scratch and elegant enough to serve at a dinner party. I'm switching out the english muffins for slices of baguette, using nicer lump crab meat, and adding parsley and chives. I'll keep the mayo, butter and Old Bay.
Here's the sticking point: The Kraft Old English Cheese. I'm not sure what to replace it with. It is supposed cheddar flavored, but in reality it mostly adds dairy fat, salt, and a little cheesiness which seem important. I'm afraid to replace it with straight up cheddar, because I think a nice cheddar would overpower the crab and might change the texture of the topping. I'm thinking of replacing it with some finely grated cheddar and some cream cheese to balance. Does this sound like it would work? Does anyone have any other ideas?
Thanks for you help!