New recipe! Original can be found at this site.
Crab Macaroni and Cheese
1 1/2 cups macaroni
6 oz claw crab meat (I used 1 8 oz package of imitation crab meat)
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cup milk
3 oz fresh Parmesan cheese
8 oz sharp white cheddar cheese (The original post suggests using a block cheese because it melts better but says to grate it and see the notes section below for my cheese issues)
1/4 cup bread crumbs (What the post suggested, I used more like a 1/2 cup because 1/4 didn’t cover well enough)
1 large shallot chopped finely (I didn’t use)
Preheat oven to 350.
Cook macaroni according to directions. Drain. Add crab and set aside.
In a sauce pot, melt butter on medium heat. Add shallot if applicable and saute until fragrant.
Sprinkle with flour and mix well. Slowly pour milk into pot while stirring.
Grate white cheddar into the milk mixture. Add salt and pepper while stirring slowly until the cheese is melted.
Pour cheese mixture in with mac and crab. Add half the parm cheese and stir well.
Transfer to lightly greased baking dish. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and remaining Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
I wanted to make this meal because Fiance’s band played at a bar that I know from previous experience has amazing crab mac & cheese. I decided not to spend the money for it out and wanted to make it instead. I should have just bought it out.
I had some cheese issues. I don’t know if it’s the brand I chose or the fact that I cut the cheese rather than grated (I don’t have a cheese grater and didn’t see that while the recipe called for a block of cheese, it needed it grated anyway) but my cheddar just did not cooperate. It essentially melted but then solidified. So I had this gooey blob of cheese that just didn’t give the right consistency. Even after melting with the pasta for a half hour, there were still pieces of macaroni that didn’t have any cheese on it – just the milk and butter than spread around.
I in general just always have mac and cheese issues. I can’t eat store bought boxed mac and cheese anymore without feeling sick – I pretty much lived on it when a previous job cut my hours and I was too depressed and broke to really do much else. Previous attempts to make mac and cheese usually don’t end up going my way.
Made about 6 servings by the way.