Indulgently cheesy blue crab gratin

Apr 9, 2014 at 12:05 p.m. ET

Everyone loves a good potato or cauliflower gratin. This time let's take it up a notch by using blue crab chunks. Your dinner party guests will be so impressed.

Cheesy blue crab, sun-dried tomato leek gratin

I adore a good gratin recipe — it's comfort food at its finest. A couple of weeks ago I went on a ski trip, and ever since I've gotten home, I keep thinking about a crab gratin dish I ate. There were no potatoes involved. Just cheese, crab, leeks and sun-dried tomatoes. This will definitely be my new go-to gratin dish for dinner.

Cheesy blue crab, sun-dried tomato leek gratin

Cheesy blue crab, sun-dried tomato and leek gratin recipe

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup parsley
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sliced leeks
  • 1-1/2 cups crabmeat
  • 2 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, combine the tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and the parsley.
  3. In a saute pan, add the butter, and whisk in the flour. Slowly add in the half-and-half and milk to the roux. Stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  4. Add the paprika, salt and pepper to the sauce.
  5. Stir in the mild cheddar, sun-dried tomato mixture, leeks and crabmeat.
  6. Place in a 10 x 7-inch baking dish. Top with 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and the panko breadcrumbs.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

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