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Snow Crab Mac & Cheese - A CrabPlace.com Original Recipe

Updated: Apr 3

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Snow Crab Mac and Cheese

Did You Know? The Ancient Roots of Mac and Cheese!

While Mac and Cheese is undeniably an iconic American dish, its origins trace back much further than you might think. Epicurious reveals that as early as 160 BCE in Ancient Rome, pasta with cheese was already tantalizing taste buds. Fast forward to today, and the Mac and Cheese we savor is a distinct evolution from its ancient ancestor. What's truly fascinating is how each family has its own spin on the classic recipe, often guarded with the secrecy of a treasured heirloom. From potluck parties to cozy family dinners, the variations are as diverse as the families that create them, adding to the allure of this timeless comfort food.


Exploring New Horizons: Snow Crab Mac and Cheese

Ready to take a flavorful detour from the traditional recipe? Look no further than the delectable sweetness of snow crab, a perfect companion to gooey melted cheese. With its firm texture, snow crab meat promises delightful bites that hold together gracefully, ensuring each forkful is a culinary delight. Of course, if you're feeling adventurous, consider other seafood options like lobster, blue crab, or shrimp to elevate your Mac and Cheese game.


Get Creative with Cheese Choices

While cheddar remains a classic choice for Mac and Cheese, the cheese aisle is your playground! Any meltable cheese will do wonders in this dish, allowing you to tailor the flavor to your liking. For an extra punch of tanginess, consider adding crumbled blue cheese, though feel free to omit it if it's not your taste. Elevate the flavor profile further with Boursin Shallot and Chive cheese, or explore their other delicious varieties for a truly gourmet twist.


Make it Your Own: The Ultimate Mac and Cheese Recipe

This recipe provides the foundation for crafting a delicious Mac and Cheese, but don't be afraid to let your creativity shine! Experiment with additional ingredients to personalize your dish and discover your own signature family recipe. Share your culinary adventures with loved ones, and savor the joy of creating something truly special together. After all, the best recipes are the ones made with love and shared with those we cherish. 


A great article to learn more about the origins of who invented Mac and Cheese: https://www.epicurious.com/ingredients/who-invented-mac-and-cheese 


Snow Crab Mac and Cheese 

Makes 4 super-hearty servings or 6 appetizer servings 

Ingredients:

  • 2 heaping cups of shredded CrabPlace.com snow crab meat, plus a few pieces for garnish 

  • 1 pound of Ziti pasta (or use whatever shape of pasta you like best) 

  • 1 tablespoon salt for the pasta water 

  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter 

  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream 

  • 4 heaping cups of grated cheddar cheese (double this if you like it super cheesy);  

  • plus a handful of cheese for broiling at the end 

  • 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled up (this cheese is optional as it adds a tangy flavor to the dish) 

  • 5 oz Boursin Shallot and Chive cheese, you can pick any flavoring of Boursin you like (double this if you like it super cheesy)

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley, plus more for garnish 

  • Freshly grated nutmeg, or a pinch of ground nutmeg (this has a nice flavor and is worth it!) 

  • Freshly ground black pepper 

  • 2 teaspoons smoked Paprika 

  • Salt for taste


Instructions:

  1. Prepare Snow Crab: If using frozen snow crab meat, thaw it properly before use. For the ultimate taste, the best way to defrost crab meat is to place it in the refrigerator overnight. Alternatively, you can place the sealed crab meat package in cold water for quicker thawing

  2. Cook Pasta: Fill a large stock pot with water and place it over high heat. When the water boils, add in the salt and pasta and give it a good stir. Cook the pasta according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure to stir it occasionally so the pasta doesn’t stick. 

  3. Make Cheese Sauce: Meanwhile prepare the sauce. In a large pan with high sides, large enough to hold all the cooked pasta, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the heavy cream and stir. Next add in the cheddar cheese, blue cheese, Boursin and occasionally stir until it all melts. Add in the 2 tablespoons of parsley and the nutmeg and give another good stir. 

  4. Combine Pasta and Crab: Add the snow crab meat to the cheese sauce when the pasta is almost done cooking—and the black pepper and paprika. Mix everything until it is well combined, and the crab is fully incorporated into the cheesy sauce. Drain the pasta and add it to the crab cheese sauce when it is done. Fold it with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until it is well coated. Taste for salt and correct.  You can serve the snow crab mac and cheese directly out of the pan, or you can broil it for a crispy top. Technically you could broil it in the saucepan if it is the type that can go in the oven. 

  5. (Optional) Bake/Broil: If you want to broil the mac and cheese, transfer the mac and cheese to individual ramekins or place all of it in a large casserole dish*. Cover the top with as much shredded cheddar as you would like and sprinkle it with parsley for garnish. Broil until golden and crispy, which takes about 1 to 2 minutes.

  6. Serve: Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.



Snow Crab Mac and Cheese
 

Health Benefits of Snow Crab Meat:

  • Snow crab is a low-calorie, high-protein seafood option.

  • Rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, zinc, and selenium.

  • Contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids making it a heart healthy choice

About Snow Crab from CrabPlace.com:

At CrabPlace.com, we pride ourselves on offering the finest quality seafood sourced directly from the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Our snow crab is wild-caught, ensuring its superior flavor and freshness. With a commitment to sustainable fishing practices, you can enjoy your Snow Crab Mac and Cheese knowing it's not only delicious but also environmentally responsible.


Conclusion:

Indulge in the luxurious combination of tender snow crab and creamy macaroni and cheese with this exquisite recipe. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or simply treating yourself to a gourmet meal, Snow Crab Mac and Cheese is sure to delight your taste buds and leave you craving more. Experience the perfect harmony of comfort food and seafood sophistication today!


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