What do you think of when you hear the word casserole? For me it brings up memories of the first meal I was responsible for cooking when I was a kid. I remember that chicken noodle casserole so well. It had instant milk, instant broth, and I’m pretty sure if there was such a thing as instant chicken it would have been in there too (almost, it called for canned chicken). Put it all in the dish, sprinkle it with canned parmesan, and bake. It is something I am absolutely certain I would never make again. That is not the case with this Crab Casserole for Two.
Casseroles were very popular years ago. Or should I say decades ago? I recall potlucks back in the 70’s and 80’s were tables lined from one end to the other with them. Everyone had their favorite. I can’t tell you how many casserole dishes I received as wedding gifts. I still have a lot of those dishes today. My collection keeps growing. The dish I baked the crab casserole for two in is one I purchased recently. The dishes may be labeled with other names like gratin or baker however they are basically the same thing.
Crab is a very special treat. The price alone keeps it from being a regular item on the grocery list. It is splurge-worthy though. Every now and then I get a hankering for it and usually wind up making crab cakes. Even those usually call for a pound of crab and that gets in the way of making it for just the two of us. It is the reason I was hooked the moment I ran across a recipe for a casserole for two. It has all the factors of crab cakes I like (breading and lots of crab) along with the ease of baking it in one dish.
How is the crab casserole? It is chock full of crab and held together with breadcrumbs, butter, cream, egg, and light seasoning. It is not a creamy-like casserole. It is like a big crab cake in a way. The only real difference is extra breading on top. There isn’t any need to serve it with bread because there is plenty inside. A simple green salad with it would be a lovely meal for a special evening.
Do you enjoy casseroles? If so, it is your lucky day. Scroll down to find a list of recipes by my fellow Sunday Supper bloggers. This week our theme is captivating casseroles and I can already spot some that captivated me just by the title. I’m looking forward to checking out each one. Thanks to Alice of A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen for hosting. Oh, and to end a meal for two you need a dessert for two so take a look at Baked Custard.
Crab Casserole for Two
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter divided
- 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs divided
- 1/2 cup half-and-half
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of fresh ground pepper
- 8 ounces cooked crabmeat
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or butter a 1-quart casserole dish.
Whisk together egg, parsley, mustard, salt, and pepper.
Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and half-and-half. Cook until slightly thickened, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add egg mixture, stirring rapidly while adding so the egg is incorporated in without cooking/scrambling in the pan.
Stir in crabmeat. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish and spread evenly in the dish.
Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter and stir in remaining 1/4 cup breadcrumbs. Sprinkle evenly over casserole.
Bake for 25 minutes.
This crab casserole for two is a wonderful meal for a special occasion. It is loaded with crab, topped with breadcrumbs, and lightly seasoned.
Recipe adapted from one in the Southern Living Cookbook For Two published in 1981 (no longer in print).
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Friday 3rd of February 2023
Oh my word! I have been looking for this recipe for forever I'm not even kidding! Made as written with 2 personal preference changes. I added a dash of onion powder - a small dash at that - and used chicken stuffing mix in lieu of breadcrumbs soaking it in the half & half and melted butter. When I opened the oven to take it out I thought I'd died and gone to heaven it was the most divine smell wafting out of the oven and tasting it smashed all conservative expectations I had about it. I didn't realize this was THE recipe I had been looking for until I tasted it and it is very likely the best thing I've ever put in my mouth bar none! Thank you SO very much for this recipe!! If anyone is on the fence about making it get down now and just do it!! I'd give it 10 stars if I could!!
Saturday 1st of October 2022
I wish people would actually make this, then rate it, instead of commenting on how delicious it LOOKS! It does look and sound wonderful, and I will make it, then rate it on the taste! That’s much more helpful.
Wednesday 4th of January 2023
@Pam, you took words out of my mouth! I want a rating on taste not on how pretty a picture looks!
Saturday 21st of April 2018
Delish! We like a bit more zing so added a tap of old bay and a bit more pepper. We mixed a bit of parm reg with the bread crumbs.
Friday 16th of January 2015
Wow, this looks amazing! Another beautiful recipe and photos :-)
Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Tuesday 13th of January 2015
Crab is a favorite in our house! This would be devoured but I probably should make it for 6 so the kids don't feel left out!