Saturday, May 11, 2013

Shrimp Mac and Cheese

Not too long ago my husband and I had lunch at a great seafood restaurant in town.  Overall our meal was delicious, but what impressed me the most was the lobster mac and cheese we had as an appetizer.  I love mac and cheese and lobster, but have never tried them together.  The dish was rich and creamy and every forkful had a chunk of lobster in it.  Definitely my new favorite.

It was so good that I attempted to recreate the dish at home.  But after pricing lobster in the market I decided to use shrimp; lobsters's less expensive cousin!

A flavorful and inexpensive alternative, adding shrimp really enhanced the dish.

My family enjoyed the dish just as much as I did.  A decadent one dish meal.  Perfect comfort food for all of the seafood lovers out there!
1 pound of fresh wild caught shrimp, peeled and deveined once cooked I cut each shrimp in half 
8 oz fontina cheese, cubed (can be substituted here
8 oz sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded 
2 cups half and half 
1/2 C butter 
1/2 C white wine 
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves minced  
1/2 tsp nutmeg 
8 oz cooked macaroni (cook the pasta according to the box directions for al dente pasta) 
1 C panko breadcrumbs 
2 tbsp parsley, chopped 
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
4 tbsp salted butter (divided into 1 tbsp) 

In a small sauce pan, melt 1 tbsp butter and saute the garlic and shallots until tender.  Set aside.  In a separate skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.  Add the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp is pink and cooked through. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.  In a large pot on low heat, stir together eggs, 1/2 cup butter, half-and-half, the fontina cheese, the white cheddar cheese, parsley, white wine, nutmeg, salt and pepper and mix well.  Allow sauce to come to a simmer.  Stir in shrimp and cooked macaroni.  Add the shallots and garlic.  Remove from heat and transfer to buttered 2-quart casserole.  Melt 2 tbsp butter in a bowl.  Add the panko breadcrumbs and mix with a fork until coated with butter.  Top the macaroni and cheese with the mixture.  Bake uncovered, 40 to 45 minutes or until heated through. 

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  1. Yum! I had not heard of that restaurant. My Granny lived in that area many years ago, at Christian Towers (and I delivered both of our girls at Dekalb Medical). Next time I am down that way I will have to try it.

  2. A very special mac and cheese that looks delicious! Very nice, Brandi :)

  3. Hi Brandi the dish looks scrumptious. My best friend lives in Georgia and I will be sure to check out the restaurant when I visit. Thanks!

  4. This looks so delish! I'm def going to try this!

  5. Love it I put shrimp in mines too its the best and yours looks delish

  6. I am definitely trying this! Great recipe Brandi :)

  7. Oh, my! My husband would love this! I will try it! Happy Mother's Day!

  8. Love this recipe, my old time fav! Thanks for the recipe. Hope you are having a great Mother's Day, along with your dear family.

  9. Oh, I forgot to add...the shrimp is a great twist for me!

  10. I love that lobster macaroni and cheese at Capitol Grille!!! That was my first experience with it, and now if I see it on a menu, I am all over it! I always want to compare it to the Capitol Grille version! :-) I think your recipe would be a winner in this household, too! Macaroni, cheese, shrimp...what's not to love? ;-)

  11. OMG, I am just catching up on emails and blog reading, and come across this. Girl I just try this with lobsters less-expensive cousin shrimp. That line cracked me up! I will tell you how it came out.

  12. That looks and sounds sooo delish. I've heard of people making mac and cheese with ham, but the shrimp looks so much more appealing to me (not a fan of ham). I would've never thought to use those ingredients. Definitely bookmaking the page to try later.

  13. This looks absolutely delicious! I love different flavor versions of mac and cheese, and LOVE lobster mac and cheese, so I know I would LOVE this!!! Thanks for sharing, I'll have to use shrimp next time too!!! Looks wonderful!

  14. YUM! I will have to try this. We all love shrimp, we all love mac and cheese... it's a no-brainer! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Yummy! Share this one too!! Hugs.

  16. Get in my belly!!! That looks so good!... Bet it would be good with crab as well - we are a seafood family so anything with seafood makes my belly happy =)

  17. Oh,my! This looks soooo delicious. I've often heard of lobster mac and cheese, but never made it. I probably would use the shrimp, too. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Visiting from Wow Us Wednesday.

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  19. Shrimp and cheese. they are my all time favorite! Pinned!



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