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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Crab Macaroni and Cheese

Recently my son and his fiancee brought us a big bag of fresh crab.  Today was cracking and cleaning day with a nice pile of cooked crab just ready to eat.  As much as I like butter, I am not a fan of crab dipped in butter.  Instead I like it in salads, crab cakes, and for today...mac and cheese!

  • 1½ cups of dry macaroni
  • 2/3 c.  crab meat
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1½ cups of half and half
  • 4 oz fresh Gruyere cheese
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt, fresh cracked pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • pinch of nutmeg.
Grate cheeses and set aside.  Cook macaroni in boiling water for 10 minutes.  Drain.  Butter or spray a small casserole dish.  In a medium sized saucepan melt the butter.  Whisk in the flour and then the half and half.  Whisk for several minutes.  Stir in cheeses and allow to melt.  Remove from heat and add a pinch of nutmeg.  Mix in drained macaroni and crab.  Pour into prepared casserole dish.  Top with bread crumbs.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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