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Mini Crab & Gruyère Melts

on ACE® BYO Brioche Cluster Buns

This indulgent appetizer idea is perfect for holiday hosting, date night or an evening in with friends.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 8


  • ACE Bakery® BYO Brioche Cluster Buns split crosswise
  • 6 tablespoons truffle butter or unsalted butter, softened (see Note)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple—quartered lengthwise, cored and thinly sliced crosswise
  • Several dashes of hot sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese


  1. Bake ACE® brioche cluster buns as per instructions on box.
  2. Remove from oven and cool while pre heating broiler.
  3. Slice clusters and spread each side with with butter and set on a baking sheet, cut sides up. Broil until toasted.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 400°.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise, red onion, parsley, lime juice, apple and hot sauce and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the crabmeat.
  6. Set the top halves of the rolls aside.
  7. Top the bottoms with the crab salad and sprinkle with the Gruyère.
  8. Bake in the upper third of the oven until the cheese is melted.
  9. Close the crab melts and serve.