Friday, January 18, 2013

Santa Monica Honeymoon and Crab Mac & Cheese

Today's post is going to be a bit of a cluster so bear with me.

Brandon and I are back home now and are still trying to get into the regular swing of life.. oh, we miss our California honeymoon so much.

On our last day, we headed up the coast to check out the beach and Santa Monica Pier in, you guessed it.. Santa Monica!

My mom gave the adorable hat for Christmas--I looked so cool while we strolled the pier!
For lunch, we went to the Blue Plate Oysterette, which my friend had referred us to. Oooh, we're so glad she did. The BP Oysterette (as I like to call it because it makes me sound like a local.. assuming that's what locals call it..) was a cute and quirky little restaurant with the most original seafood dishes we ever tasted.

It. Was. Delish.

Seriously, how cute is this? The indoor portion of the restaurant was very quaint and intimate with only a few tables and seats.
My shrimp and spinach quesadilla with guacamole--yes, its as good as it sounds!
Brandon's lobster mac & cheese--also amazing. But can you ever really go wrong with mac & cheese and/or lobster?

I wonder if they make lobster mac & cheese here in Kansas? And if so, would I want to try it..? So many questions.

Anyway, back to the beginning.. we're missing our California honeymoon! So to bring a little slice the Golden State to the Sunflower State, Brandon made this delicious crab macaroni and cheese for dinner on Tuesday.

Now you may be thinking "why crab?" Well, its simple:

We had crab legs to get rid of!

It is SO good. And creamy. And rich. Mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm.

Brandon found the recipe for Ina Garter's Lobster Mac & Cheese and substituted crab--yum! And here's the recipe:

  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 pound cavatappi or elbow macaroni
  • 1 quart milk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (4 cups) (*WE USED SWISS CHEESE AND IT WAS JUST AS GOOD!*)
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked lobster meat
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)
  1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don't boil it. In a large pot, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Still whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, the pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and lobster and stir well. Place the mixture in 6 to 8 individual gratin dishes.
  4. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.  
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  1. That sounds amazing! What a great honeymoon you had. All of Ina's recipes rock.

  2. oh meee gosh...I have never wanted Mac n' Cheese like I want it right NOW!! And I'm wanting a quesadilla and a trip to Cali. Thanks alot!!

  3. Yay! I live in Hollywood. Glad you honeymooned in our great state. Too bad it was so cold though. Coker than it'd been in 20 years!

    Sounds like you still had fun :)

    I need to get to that restaurant to try the Mac & cheese. Or try your recipe!

    I'm your newest follower!!

  4. Oh yum. I love seafood. I bet it's delicious in mac n cheese. I've heard of lobster mac n cheese but not crab mac n cheese. I am definitely going to have to try this because combining crab and mac n cheese would be combining two of my favorite foods. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays! :)


  5. This looks so yummy! Congratulations on your recent marriage and honeymoon! So glad I found your blog post from the Blackberry Vine! =D

  6. Hey, I'm a new follower! Seems like you had a great vacation, nice photos!

    Follow back?


  7. Fun!

    Recipe looks delish!

    Found you at This Girl Cooks

  8. Saw you link at Seven Alive's party ... CONGRATS to you & your hubby !!! Glad you enjoyed an amazing honeymoon & some yummy eats too ;) Thanks for sharing the recipe with your own delicious twist, using crab {sounds great}!!



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