Friday, January 8, 2010

FONDUTA CRAB MAC 'N' CHEESE


What a strange-sounding title for an absolutely delicious recipe!  Originally printed in Sauce Magazine, it was adapted by Lynsey Lou, and I adapted it again.  How close is this to the original?  It's anybody's guess.  All I know is this is one great recipe.  The flavors blend beautifully, and better yet, all the flavor of the crabs come through.  It's amazing how many people add the worst ingredients to crabs, masking their delicate flavor.  Not  this one.  You get the full crab flavor, enhanced by the added ingredients, in a rich, creamy sauce that's to  die for with exotic flavor.  Really, give this one a try.  You won't be diisappointed.

Fonduta Crab Mac 'n' Cheese
PRINTABLE RECIPE
Adapted Half Recipe from Lynsey Lou's and Sauce Magazine
Rating:  10 out of 10

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup Fonduta Cream (Recipe follows)
2 Tbsp. drinkable quality dry white wine or chicken broth
1/4 cup heavy cream
8 oz. picked crabmeat
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 lb. medium shelll pasta, cooked
Breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 425F.  In a 2-quart saucepan, combine fonduta cream, wine and heavy cream.  Bring to simmer over medium low heat, being careful not to scorch.  Add crab meat and simmer for 1 minute or till crab is heated through.  Remove from heat; stir in butter; adjust seasoning.  Stir in cooked pasta; transfer to a buttered casserole dish.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs over top.  Bake 20-25 minutes, or till top is browned and filling is bubbly and hot.  Serves 4 small eaters, or 2 large eaters.

Fonduta Cream
INGREDIENTS: 
1 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 cup drinking quality dry white wine (or chicken broth)
3 Tbsp. heavy cream
1/2 cup 2% milk
3 oz. cheese (mix cheddar, asiago and gouda)
dash of freshly grated nutmeg
Salt & Pepper to taste

Saute onion in the butter till softened.  Stir in flour; add wine; whisk to combine.  Add cream and milk and bring to a simmer.  Off heat; stir in cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

12 comments:

Wendy said...

Inspired! Macaroni cheese is one of my favourite things... but the crab as well? I bet that is blissful! I am defintely trying this - thank you!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Great recipe Judy. I like the combo of the different cheeses too.
Sam

Judy said...

Wendy, Let me know how it turns out.
Thanks, Sam.

Chow and Chatter said...

yummy, great recipe and i agree crab needs to be tasted

Coleen's Recipes said...

When I read the recipe title, I thought.."Oh no, crab mac & cheese, you'll never taste the crab!!" I was very happy to see a crab friendly recipe...you are a genius.

Katy ~ said...

Oh my, oh my. Does this ever sound suave, elegant, DELICIOUS!! What a find!

Faith said...

This sounds absolutely divine. I bet that fonduta cream takes this recipe to over-the-top incredible!

teresa said...

how cool, i didn't even know you had a crab blog. this looks like heaven!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

The fonduta cream sounds incredibly delicious! You are so right about the flavor of crab being lost in some recipes. I love this!

theUngourmet said...

My daughter is such a crab lover! I know she would be thrilled with this wonderful dish! Nice!

Lila said...

It looks rich and sinfully good. Could you make it without the specialty cream?
Lila Ferraro
Queen Bedroom Sets

Judy said...

Lila, of course you can, but then it would just be plain macaroni and cheese.