Crab & gnocchi gratin casserole

You will need:
  • 2 pounds gnocchi
  • 1 pound crab meat, cooked
  • 7 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups half & half
  • 16 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 and 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • Salt & pepper

Cook gnocchi according to package. Usually you heat the gnocchi on medium to high heat, in water until it floats to the top and then continue to cook for 2 minutes after that. Drain, then spread evenly in 9″ 11 lightly greased baking dish. Top with pieces of crab meat.

 In a large sauce pan, on medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Whisk in flour slowly. Add garlic, half and half, and nutmeg, and continue to whisk for 2 minutes. Add mozzarella cheese and salt and pepper. When the cheese is incorporated spread mixture over the crab meat and gnocchi.

 Melt the remaining butter, then mix with Panko bread crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bread crumbs start to brown. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.

 

I am not a huge fan of crab meat but give me anything with gnocchi and cheesy roux and i’m in. But this casserole you guys! It’s so cheesy and yummy with a perfect little crunch on top. This is a must try! Even the kids loved it!

recipe adapted from Rachel Shultz.

 

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