A Small Cast Iron Skillet Filled with Creamy Crab Mac and Cheese

CREAMY CRAB MAC and CHEESE

Luxury for Just Pennies

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WHAT IS IMITATION CRAB?

Also known as imitation crab, Surimi is a Japanese term for a paste made from fish meat. It is commonly used as a base ingredient in many processed seafood products like imitation crab meat, fish balls, and fish cakes.

Surimi is made by deboning and mincing fish fillets, then washing the minced fish to remove any unwanted tastes or smells. The resulting paste is then mixed with additives such as starch, egg whites, and flavourings to improve its texture and taste.

Surimi is known for its versatility and ability to mimic the texture and appearance of more expensive seafood products, making it a popular choice for creating affordable seafood dishes.

CULINARY LUXURY FOR LESS

This decadent Creamy Crab Mac and Cheese recipe is where luxury meets affordability. Combining the richness of crab meat with the creaminess of cheese, this dish elevates the classic mac and cheese to a whole new level. The delicate sweetness of the artificial crab pairs perfectly with the gooey melted cheese, creating a symphony of flavours in every bite.

Whether you’re looking to impress guests at a dinner party or simply treat yourself to a quiet, sumptuous meal in front of the TV, this Creamy Crab Mac and Cheese is sure to satisfy. With just a few simple ingredients and easy steps, enjoy a taste of luxury for just pennies.

Total Prep Time:
30 min

Servings in Recipe:
2

Serving Size:
2 cups

Calories Per Serving:
1056

Total Prep Time: 30 min


Servings in Recipe: 2


Serving Size: 2 cups


Calories Per Serving: 1056

A Small Cast Iron Skillet Filled with Creamy Crab Mac n' Cheese

CREAMY CRAB MAC and CHEESE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups small shell pasta
  • 1 cup imitation crab (surimi), chopped
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
A Small Pile of Chopped Artificial Crab on a Dark Wood Cutting Board
A Small Pile of Chopped Artificial Crab on a Dark Wood Cutting Board

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F/176°C.
  • Grate the parmesan and cheddar into a small bowl and set it aside.
  • In a large pot, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to 6 cups of water.
  • Bring the water to a boil, then add your small shells.
  • Let them swirl around in the boiling water until al dente. (adjective – cooked so as to be still firm when bitten).
  • In a saucepan, melt your butter over medium heat.
  • Gently whisk in the flour to form a roux (a mixture of butter and flour used in making sauces).
  • Gradually whisk in the milk until a creamy, smooth texture is achieved.
  • Add your Worcestershire sauce, nutmeg and paprika. Continuing gently whisking to combine.
  • Add the cheeses to the roux and allow them to melt, whisking continually.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Your pasta should be just about done at this point. Drain the pasta, then pour it back into the pot.
  • Add the surimi to the pasta and fold in.
  • Pour the cheese sauce into the pasta and surimi.
  • Fold all these luscious ingredients together.
  • For a beautiful finish, transfer to a baking dish and place it under your oven broiler for 5 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the dish from the oven and set it aside to rest before serving.
  • And suddenly, you’re fancy…without breaking the bank or even a sweat. Well done!

CREAMY CRAB MAC and CHEESE FAQ

Does crab and cheese go together?

Crab and cheese can indeed go together quite well in various dishes. But, not every cheese type will make the list. Given the buttery texture of crab artificial or true), cheeses with similar creamy aspects and subtle flavours are the most complimentary.

The combination of savoury crab meat with rich and creamy mac and cheese can create a delicious and satisfying flavour profile.

Popular dishes that feature this pairing include crab and cheese stuffed mushrooms, crab and cheese dip, crab and cheese quesadillas, and crab and cheese stuffed pasta shells. The cheese helps to enhance the overall richness of the dish while complementing the delicate sweetness of the crab meat.

What cheeses pair well with crab and pasta?

Crustacean meat like lobster, crab and shrimp are best paired with smooth-textured cheeses like camembert and brie. However, these can be pricey choices. Pepperjack and cheddar are far more cost-effective. Yet, equally delicious.

In pasta dishes specifically, parmesan cheese, known for its rich, nutty flavour, complements the subtle sweetness of crab meat beautifully. Another great option is Pecorino Romano, a sharp and salty cheese that can add dynamic flavour notes to your dish.

Additionally, Gruyère cheese offers a creamy texture and a slightly nutty taste that can enhance the overall flavour profile of your crab mac and cheese. Feel free to experiment with these cheeses to find the perfect combination that suits your taste buds!


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