Crab Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
I think that if you ask any of our boys what their favorite food is, they would all say mac and cheese. We make a lot of mac and cheese. If is not very often that we don’t have any children around, but today was one of those days. I was craving mac and cheese myself, but without the kids, it did not feel right. But wait, what if I was able to make mac and cheese “adult” friendly? Have I piqued your interest?
So, I went grocery shopping in our kitchen. What did I find you may ask? Some smoked Gouda cheese purchased for the holidays, grated sharp cheddar cheese, along with some bacon. Well certainly that would make a nice base for mac and cheese, but I wanted to step it up a bit. When I opened the freezer, it hit me, crab legs.
I purchased those for the holidays as well but never made them. This would most certainly make my mac and cheese more adult in composition.
After a little of this and a little of that, the mac and cheese was done. My challenge was complete. I was successful in making a delicious “grown-up” mac and cheese. I think that I may have found my new favorite food. Have a bite and let me know what you think!
Smoked Gouda with Crab and Bacon Mac 'N Cheese
- 1 ½ lb Crab legs
- ½ lb chopped bacon
- 7 oz Grated Smoked Gouda
- 5 oz Grated Cheddar Cheese
- 2 ½ cup milk
- 3 tbs butter
- 2 tbs flour
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tbs nutmeg
- 1 tbs ground mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 oz medium shell pasta
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Boil or steam crab legs and then shell. Place meat in a bowl and set aside.
- Fully fry (or bake) bacon and roughly chop then set aside.
- In a sauce pan, melt 2 tbs butter and add flour over medium heat.
- Cook butter and flour mixture for approximately 2 minutes.
- Stir in milk, bay leaf, nutmeg and ground mustard. Cook for approximately 6-8 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken. You may need to raise the temperature, being careful not to scorch the milk.
- Once the mixture has thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon, lower the temperature and remove the bay leaf.
- Add gouda and cheddar cheese and a tablespoon of butter. Stir until cheese is melted.
- Add crab meat and bacon and salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook pasta according to packaging, drain and stir into cheese mixture.
- Put mac and cheese in an oven safe casserole dish and cover with foil.
- Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20-30 minutes, removing the foil halfway through the baking process.