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.


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

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.

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

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.