Quarantine got ya a little crabby? Looking for something to cook while self isolating? This cheesy, crabby treat is easy to make and is a delicious dish for dinner or brunch!
This is a variation of another Morrison’s Cafeteria favorite and anytime we put it on the menu back then I would treat myself to it. I prepared these in small 12 oz casserole / rarebit type dishes, but it can also be prepared in one large casserole dish. In the past, I have used half & half for this recipe, but that tended to make it a little too rich so I used whole milk this time.
Cook / Prep Time – About an hour
Servings – 4
- 8 ounces lump crab meat
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar/jack cheese
- 1 1/2 cup toasted bread crumbs (or croutons)
- 2 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
- A sprinkling of paprika
For the sauce…
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp ap flour
- 1 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup sherry wine
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce (I like choulula)
- 2 tbsp shredded cheddar/jack cheese
- 1 tbsp shredded Parmesan
Cut and toast the bread cubes. I made croutons using some sourdough bread I made last week.
Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat. When melted, add the flour and continue to cook while stirring to make a roux. Do not brown.
When the roux starts to bubble, continue stirring while adding the milk. Cook until the mixture starts to bubble again and add the sherry, mustard, salt, hot sauce and the two cheeses. Turn on low heat continue to stir until well blended. Remove from heat.
Line up the dishes. Spray them with pan spray and add 1/4 cup of sauce to each dish.
Divide the bread cubes between the 4 dishes and place them on top of the sauce.
Pick through the crabmeat to check for any shell pieces and remove them. Then divide the crabmeat evenly and add to the 4 dishes on top of the bread cubes.
Divide the remaining sauce between the 4 dishes and cover the crabmeat.
Top with the cheeses and sprinkle with paprika.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes until brown and bubbly around the sides. You can also wrap them and freeze them for up to a month.
Here are some quarantine songs to listen to while preparing the crab….
“Alone Again (Naturally)” by Irish singer songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan from 1972.
“Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol from his album of the same name from 1981.
Since Tommy James turns 73 today, how about “I Think We’re Alone Now” by him and the Shondells released in 1967.
“Lonely Too Long” by The Young Rascals from 1968.
“Isolation” by John Lennon from his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
(Ain’t Nothin but a) “Houseparty” by the J. Geils Band from 1973.