If you’re a seafood buff like I am, this crab mac and cheese 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 a 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 me.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR CRAB MAC AND CHEESE
To make this recipe you will need a few things including:
- Macaroni and cheese
- Red Lobster Cheddar Cheese Biscuit mix
- Real crabmeat
CHEESY CRAB CAKE INSPIRATION
As we were perusing the aisles of our local grocery store, I spotted it. Something unexpected and something that got my brain juices flowing. A box of Red Lobster Cheddar Cheese 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.
FUSION OF CRAB AND MAC AND CHEESE
And then I thought, what would Shaggy and Scooby Doo do? Something really funky right? What if I combined a creamy mac and cheese mixture to create an ultimate crab cake meal? This macaroni lab experiment was sounding good.
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 MACARONI AND CHEESE
Once the macaroni 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 3 kinds of cheese in our recipe. A sharp cheddar, white cheddar, and Monterrey Jack. The end result was an ooey gooey cheesy surprise that can be made as a side. You can use whichever cheeses float your boat.
Lastly, we grounded the crab legs and added them to the mac and cheese. I prefer real crabmeat, as opposed to imitation crab.
CRAB AND BISCUITS WORK WELL TOGETHER
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 macaroni and cheese meal was ready for its big reveal. Our macaroni and cheese crab cakes 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 SERVE WITH CRAB MAC AND CHEESE
This macaroni and cheese with crab meat meal can be served as a stand-alone dish or as a side. 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.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON CRAB MACARONI AND 3 CHEESES
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Crab Mac and Cheese Recipe | Cheesy Macaroni and 3 Cheeses
If you're a crab cake lover and a mac and cheese lover, this recipe is for you. This crab mac and cheese is a delicious fusion medley of both.
- 1 box Red Lobster™ Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3/4 cup water
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.