Crab Au Gratin Recipe
Crab Au Gratin has got to be my all time favorite thing to order at a seafood restaurant. I order Crabmeat Au Gratin every time we go to Mike Anderson’s Seafood Restaurant or Boutin’s Restaurant. They each make it a little different, but both are excellent.
Occasionally, I travel for my job to places that have no clue what good Cajun cooking is. So, the first thing I want to do coming from the New Orleans airport is stop in Gonzales, Louisiana at Mike Anderson’s and get some Fried Crab Claws and Crab Meat Au Gratin.
Mike likes the Shrimp Norman. I’ll have to show you how to make that soon. Anyway, here is my version of Crabmeat Au Gratin. Enjoy!
Ingredients for Crab Au Gratin
1 pound fresh white or lump crab meat
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups Cajun Trinity
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 quart Half and Half
3-5 cups finely shredded Cheddar cheese
Green onions – chopped for mixture and garnish
Parsley – chopped
¼ teaspoon each
nutmeg, white pepper, salt and Tony’s Creole Seasoning
4-6 oven-safe baking dishes
How to Make Crab Au Gratin
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place your baking dishes on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
Melt 4 tablespoons of butter and sauté the Cajun Trinity and garlic until well wilted.
Gradually add 4 tablespoons of flour and stirring for 2 minutes or so.
Add in Half and Half mixing well.
Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes to form a thick white sauce.
Stir constantly to prevent scorching or burning.
Turn off the heat. Stir in seasoning at ¼ teaspoon each, 3-4 cups of cheese, small amount of green onions and parsley. Mix well.
Fold in the crabmeat. Spoon the mixture into individual baking dishes. Cover with additional cheese.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
You can probably bake longer for a darker browning on top. You just need to watch it to keep from burning.
Also, optional after the 15 minutes, turn the oven on broil to brown the cheese on top.
Carefully remove from the oven and garnish with chopped green onions or a parsley sprig.
Serves well with a steamed vegetable or side salad and crusty French bread.
Note: The leftovers reheated well and were fantastic served with crackers like an appetizer.