Maryland Crab Imperial

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READY IN: 45mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in heavy small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add onion and stir until very lightly browned, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Blend in flour, ground red pepper, white pepper and mace and stir 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add milk,half and half, and sherry and cook until thick and smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat;stir in mayonnaise, lemon juice and salt; set aside.
  • Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add crab and cook 1 minute, being careful not to break up chunks.
  • Gently fold sauce into crab.
  • Spoon mixture into 5 or 6 cup au gratin dish.
  • * Recipe can be prepared 2 to 3 hours ahead to this point. Cover tightly with foil and refrigerate immediately.
  • Sprinkle top with paprika.
  • Bake until mixture is bubbling and lightly browned, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  • * If crab has been prepared ahead and chilled, cooking time may increase to 20-25 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.
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