Crab Mac and Cheese

Background and History

Crab Mac and Cheese is a decadent twist on the beloved comfort food, blending creamy macaroni and cheese with the sweet, delicate flavor of crab meat. Emerging as a fusion of coastal seafood cuisine and classic mac and cheese, this dish offers a luxurious and flavorful dining experience, perfect for special occasions or a gourmet twist on everyday comfort.

Ingredients

Elbow Macaroni

8 ounces, cooked al dente.

Lump Crab Meat

1 pound, fresh or canned.

Sharp Cheddar Cheese

2 cups, shredded.

Gruyere Cheese

1 cup, shredded.

Mozzarella Cheese

1/2 cup, shredded.

Whole Milk

2 cups.

Unsalted Butter

1/4 cup.

All-Purpose Flour

1/4 cup.

Dijon Mustard

1 tablespoon.

Paprika

1/2 teaspoon.

Salt and Black Pepper

To taste.

Breadcrumbs

1/2 cup.

Fresh Parsley

Chopped, for garnish.

Serves

6-8

Time

Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

30 minutes

Total Time

Approximately 45 minutes

Instructions

Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Prepare Macaroni

Cook the elbow macaroni according to package instructions until al dente.

Drain and set aside.

Make the Cheese Sauce

In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.

Whisk in flour to create a roux, then gradually add milk while whisking constantly.

Stir in Dijon mustard, paprika, salt, and black pepper.

Add shredded cheddar, Gruyere, and mozzarella cheeses, stirring until smooth and creamy.

Combine with Crab and Macaroni

Fold in the lump crab meat and cooked macaroni into the cheese sauce until well combined.

Transfer to Baking Dish

Pour the crab and macaroni mixture into a greased baking dish.

Top with Breadcrumbs

Sprinkle breadcrumbs evenly over the top for a crunchy crust.

Bake

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the topping is golden and bubbly.

Garnish and Serve

Remove from the oven, garnish with chopped parsley, and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

(Values may vary based on specific ingredients and variations)

Calories: ~400 per serving

Protein: ~20g

Fat: ~15g

Carbohydrates: ~40g

Notes

Experiment with different cheese combinations for varied flavors.

Fresh crab meat provides the best flavor, but canned crab works well too.

Customize with additional seasonings like Old Bay for a seafood twist.

Allergy Warning

Be cautious of seafood allergies, especially when using crab.

Check ingredient labels for potential allergens, especially in pre-packaged breadcrumbs and mayo.

Adjust the recipe to accommodate specific dietary restrictions or allergies.

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