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.
This 3 cheese crab cake macaroni and cheese is to die for!
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 a 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 concoction 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:
1) Fresh Cole Slaw
2) Fresh Mixed Vegetables
3) Potato Salad
4) French Fries
*Or another seafood dish such as fish or shrimp.
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.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: cheesy, crab mac and cheese, mac n cheese
Prep Time: 11 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Crab Mac and Cheese Recipe Ingredients
- 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
1) Follow boiling directions on the box of elbow macaroni.
2) Strain the elbow macaroni and then add back into the pot.
3) In a large saucepan on medium heat, combine all the remaining ingredients including the ground crab legs.
4) Cook and stir until the mix is bubbling.
5) Allow 5-10 minutes to cool.
1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2) Add cooled mac and cheese mix into a bowl with biscuit mix.
3) Kneed mac and cheese into the biscuit mix thoroughly.
4) Form into 8 balls and place on a baking sheet oiled with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
5) Cook for 14-16 minutes or until the biscuits are a light brown color.
6) Top each biscuit with butter and serve.