If you’re a seafood buff like I am, this crab cake meal will certainly not disappoint. We decided to make this recipe a little funky by adding homemade mac and cheese. Why go to an expensive restaurant quality seafood can be made at home?
It all started on recent shopping trip. It’s not often that I draw inspiration from grocery shopping but that is exactly what happened on a recent trip with Molly and I.
Crab Cake Inspiration
As we were perusing the isles of our local grocery store, I spotted it. Something unexpected and something that got my brain juices flowing. A box of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix.
If you’re a fan of Red Lobster, then I’m sure you salivate at the mere mention of these golden tasty beauties. I had already been craving crab legs so I got the bright idea to make carb cakes using the biscuit mix.
Mac and Cheese Inspiration
And then I thought, what would Shaggy and Scooby Doo? Something really funky right? What if I combined a creamy mac and cheese mixture to create an ultimate crab cake meal?
It was one of those eureka moments that rarely happens. But would it be all that I thought it would be? There was only one way to find out.
To the Slim Chef Lair
With a small list of ingredients in hand, we retreated to the closet that we call our kitchen and began our little science experiment. The most time-consuming part of this whole procedure is making the mac and cheese. Just cooking the noodles, takes about 11 minutes.
Putting Together The Crab Cake Meal
Once the noodles are cooked you simply drain them and then add them back to the pot with whole milk, butter and the cheeses of your choice. We used a sharp cheddar, white cheddar, and Monterrey Jack. Lastly, we grounded the crab legs and added them to the mac and cheese.
Making the cheddar biscuits was the easiest part. The box comes with two packages. You simply add water, butter and that’s it. Combine the mac and cheese mixture into the biscuit mix and form them into balls.
After a short bake, this crab cake meal was ready for its big reveal. These beauties had a wonderful golden color when they came out of the oven. We couldn’t wait to see what our funky creation tasted like. I was so relieved when I discovered that they were everything I hoped they would be and more.
Sides to server with crab cakes
If you plan on making this the main course you may want to try pairing this dish with:
- Fresh cole slaw
- Fresh mixed vegetables
- Potato salad
- French fries
- Or another seafood dish such as fish or shrimp.
Crab Cake Meal With Homemade Mac and Cheese Shells
If you're a crab cake lover and a mac and cheese lover, this recipe is for you.
- 1 box Red Lobster™ Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3/4 cup water
Mac and Cheese
- 8 ounces elbow macaroni
- 1/8 cup butter
- 1/8 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 dash black pepper
- 1 cup Whole milk
- 1/4 cup Sharp Cheddar shredded
- 1/4 cup monterey jack shredded
- 1/2 cup white cheddar shredded
- 1/2 cups crab legs ground
Follow the directions on the box of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix.
Mac and Cheese
Follow boiling directions on the box of elbow macaroni.
Strain the elbow macaroni and then add back into the pot.
In a large sauce pan on medium heat, combine all the remaining ingredients including the ground crab legs.
Cook and stir until the mix is bubbly.
Allow 5-10 minutes to cool.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Add cooled mac and cheese mix into a bowl with biscuit mix.
Kneed mac and cheese into the biscuit mix thoroughly.
Form into 8 balls and place on a baking sheet oiled with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Cook for 14-16 minutes or until the biscuits are a light brown color.
Top each biscuit with butter and serve.