We all know what the traditional Thanksgiving plate looks like: slices of fresh carved turkey covered in gravy, a heaping mound of mashed potatoes, some stuffing, green bean casserole, a splash of cranberry sauce, and maybe some sweet potatoes mixed in with marshmallows. Every year I try and incorporate a new dish onto the dinner table and this year it comes from one of Dishing’s latest retreats to northern California. The Dishing Crew grabbed a great recipe for Dungeness Crab Mac n’ Cheese from Nick’s Cove in Point Reyes CA.
This mac n’ cheese features everything delicious including a little spice, some crunch, gooey cheese and crab meat. Adding this dish to the table will be a crowd pleaser for sure. Make this for tomorrow’s dinner or save it to be the star of the dinner plate down the road.
Nick’s Cove Dungeness Crab Mac n’ Cheese
- 2 pounds dried elbow macaroni pasta
- 1/2 pound unsalted butter
- 2 leeks, white part only, sliced
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 gallon whole milk
- 1/2 gallon heavy cream
- 1 cup Point Reyes Toma cheese, shredded
- 1 cup Spring Hill cheddar, shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, shredded
- 1/4 lemon, juiced
- 1 pound Dungeness crab meat
- 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup toasted breadcrumbs (for garnish)
- In a large pot, bring 3 gallons of water to a rolling boil. Add pasta and boil, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes. Drain and add to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- In another large pot, begin melting butter. Add the leeks and sweat 5-10 minutes, until soft. Add the flour. Stir constantly; cook until the mixtures bubbles for 2-3 minutes and smells like shortbread. Add the milk and bring to a boil; reduce to simmer. Allow the mixture to reduce while simmering, approximately 5 minutes. Add the cream and again allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Add all the cheese and whisk until incorporated. Add salt to taste, followed by 3-5 drops of Tabasco sauce and the juice of a lemon quarter. Pour over the pasta and add crab meat, stirring to incorporate. Serve with parsley and toasted breadcrumbs.