Crab Au Gratin

Seafood usually makes for light dinners for the health conscious connoisseur, but you can also make it comfort food with a little extra butter, or whatever extras give you the yumsies. This dish can be a side dish or a main dish, depending on your preference, and on the way you serve it. I went for the whole enchilada and served it as a main dish with French fries. It was scrumptious and easy, so of course I’m sharing it with you! Happy cooking!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound lump crab meat
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp scallions, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flower
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, scallion (white parts) and garlic. Cook until softened. In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks and the evaporated milk together, and set aside. Add flour to the skillet and blend well with the vegetables. Cook for 2 minutes while constantly stirring without letting the veggies brown.

Add the milk mixture while continuing to stir, making a light colored roux. Stir in the lemon juice, hot sauce, salt, cayenne and black pepper. Stir until the sauce starts to thicken. Remove from heat and add 1/2 of the cheese mix. Stir to combine. Spread out the crab meat on the bottom of a baking dish.

Pour the roux with the cheese over it, then sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Bake for 15 minutes. Set the oven temperature to broil. Set the dish in the broiler and broil for 5 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly, but not burnt. Sprinkle with the green parts of the scallion and enjoy!

Bon Appétit!

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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