Mac & Cheese Crabmeat Casserole

By Ockydub | Posted Nov 22 2013 | 11 Comments  

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Mac & Cheese Crabmeat casserole

The Holiday Season is upon us and for many it means it’s time for some good old home cooking.  Over the last two years I have done a lot of cooking around the holidays. Usually on Thanksgiving, I do most of the cooking as a way to honor my mother and to give her a rest. We both have grew tired of the traditional items like turkey and ham, so we decided to shake things up.  We have a seafood feast instead!  One of the traditional side dishes that we give a “seafood shake-up” to is macaroni and cheese.  Check out the recipe below.

Ingredients

Kraft Home-style Macaroni & Cheese Dinner with Classic Cheddar Cheese, 12.6 oz (2 Boxes)
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp butter or margarine
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese or Mexican blend shredded cheese
1 lb crab meat (lump or claw)
Quarter cup diced onions
Quarter cup diced green pepper
Quarter cup green onions
½ teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
½ teaspoon red pepper

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Drain liquid from crabmeat.  *Be sure and careful to remove any shell fragments* 

Follow directions on Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese packages (Do not add bread crumbs or shredded cheese).

In a pan melt 1 tbsp butter or margarine. Sauté in pan diced onions, diced green pepper, green onions and garlic. Add crabmeat to pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes. In large bowl, combine all the ingredients including macaroni along with pepper, red pepper, Old Bay seasoning, and gently mix.

Layer half mixture into casserole dish (If using more than 1 dish fill both half way. See below).
Sprinkle ½ cup cheese over mixture.
Spoon remaining half of mixture into casserole dish.

Cooking:
Cover and bake for 10 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle remaining cheese and sprinkle bread crumbs on top. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes uncovered.

Options:
Casserole Dishes that can be used are;
-Two, 1 -1/2 quart dishes (divide mixture evenly into each)
-One, 3 quart dish (9 x 13)
-One, 3 -1/2 quart Dutch oven

-Instead of 1 cup milk, you can use ½ cup milk and ½ cup heavy cream.
-If only using one package Macaroni & Cheese, use half measurement of ingredients.
-When adding cheese and breadcrumbs to finish, also sprinkle some bacon bits on top…aww snap!

I really can’t say, “serves 2 – 4”.  It’s Thanksgiving so I might eat a quart on my own.

MacChs

About the Author
Ockydub

Octavius is a founder and editor of Cypher Avenue. He's here to help speak for us and show the world that masculine gay / bisexual men of color are not a part of the stereotypical gay normal that is seen and fed to the masses. No...we are a distinct breed, filled with character and pride. Cypher Avenue is here to show the world how we are different.

   
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  1. RolandG
    rolandgarros28 | November 22nd, 2013
    +1

    This is just too much damn work for some macaroni and cheese @Ocky. You don’t have any simpler recipes for us? Everybody ain’t a Top Chef like yourself. LOL

    • Ocky Williams | November 22nd, 2013
      +1

      LMAO…what you think this is hard? Man please, I can cook this in my sleep. But Yo its Thanksgiving…you gotta put that extra love into the food.

      • RolandG
        rolandgarros28 | November 23rd, 2013
        0

        All those ingredients make my head spin. LOL. Seems like it tastes great though or at least the picture makes it seem delicious. I get what you mean about the same old dishes us black people make for every holiday. I tried mixing it up myself. Last year we did a homemade barbecue/hash thanksgiving which was good and different. I used to cook a lot more but for some reason, I stopped and I really have forgotten how to make most dishes that I had down-packed. It’s not like riding a bicycle. LOL

        • Ocky Williams | November 23rd, 2013
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          BBQ is another great idea for thanksgiving. Just think, once you get a man you can start cooking again LOL.

          • RolandG
            rolandgarros28 | November 23rd, 2013
            +1

            Hey man, I’m trying on both fronts. It’s hard out here for a pimp. LOL

            • Ocky Williams | November 23rd, 2013
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              You gonna be successful on both fronts…believe that.

  2. SB3000 | November 23rd, 2013
    +1

    Leme find out u be cookin @ocky !!! I aint mad.

    I never go home for thanksgiving, cus I always go home for Xmas. This year Im goin to a potluck at my Mexican friend’s house, and of course, my black ass is responsible for the mac n cheese! SMH @racial profiling, lol… But I think I might give this a try this year

    N dont slap us singles in the face becus u got a man to cook for Ocky!!!

    • Ocky Williams | November 23rd, 2013
      0

      LOL…no I didnt mean it like that. LOL for real.

      • SB3000 | November 24th, 2013
        0

        I was just talkin shit shawty..I know wasup

  3. Kirkland | November 23rd, 2013
    0

    I’m so doing this! The weather has turned cool and mac-n-cheese and crab are always in season for some of us.

    • Ocky Williams | November 23rd, 2013
      0

      Right!…Im a coastal dude so I love seafood. Thinking about going fishing when I go home for Thanksgiving…in the damn cold. LOL




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