Crab Gratin

Rich and yummy, this easy-to-make entree also makes a fine dip. For dip, bake in a larger dish and serve with toast points. For make-ahead convenience, you can make the casseroles (sans topping) up to 2 hours in advance. Then top, bake for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then finish in the broiler.

Serves 2

2 tablespoons onion, minced
2 tablespoons carrot, minced
2 tablespoons celery, minced
2 tablespoons red bell pepper, minced
1 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 pound fresh lump crab meat, picked over (about 1 cup)
salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste
juice of 1/2 lemon
Serve with 2 – 4 slices of Italian bread, toasted

Topping

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat broiler. In a small bowl, toss Parmesan cheese, fresh bread crumbs, and melted butter. Set aside.

In a small, heavy saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Saut̩ onion, carrot, celery, and red bell pepper until they soften, 1 Р2 minutes. Add broth and wine and boil until the liquid is reduced to about a tablespoon, 2 Р3 minutes. Add cream and boil until thickened, 1 Р2 minutes.

Stir in crab meat, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Divide mixture between two 1-cup baking dishes. Sprinkle topping evenly between two casseroles.

Broil 2 – 3 minutes, until crumbs brown slightly.



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