This Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Mac and Cheese is a true masterpiece that never fails to impress. It has become a go-to dish for both regular family dinners and extra special occasions when served alongside a delicious steak. Although my husband was once convinced that Mac and Cheese couldn’t stand alone as a main entrée, this delightful creation has proven to be the exception to the rule. The addition of succulent seafood and the complexity of flavors have won him over, making it a cherished favorite in our household.
One of the things I love most about this dish is its versatility. It’s not only a delightful main entrée, but it also steals the show as a unique and irresistible offering when we host dinner parties. Our guests have raved about this elevated take on classic baked mac and cheese, which adds a special touch to any dinner gathering.
The hearty and flavorful combination of lobster, crab, and shrimp in this mac and cheese is a true delight for the taste buds. To complement its richness, I prefer serving it with simple and light sides such as green beans, roasted asparagus, juicy roasted tomatoes, or a fresh and vibrant salad.
No matter how it’s served, this Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Mac and Cheese is an unforgettable culinary experience. Its creamy goodness and mouthwatering seafood make every bite a heavenly delight. So, if you’re looking for a show-stopping dish to elevate your dining experience, I highly recommend trying this delightful recipe. Enjoy the pleasure of savoring this delectable mac and cheese and relish the smiles it brings to your table!
1 lb. elbow macaroni
½ cup unsalted butter, divided
½ cup flour
3 cups whole milk, room temperature
1 cup heavy cream, room temperature
4 cups grated Gruyère cheese
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
Fresh ground pepper
1 ½ lb. mixture of cooked lobster, crab, and shrimp
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
Preheat the oven to 375° F.
Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray (or lightly coat it with butter).
Cook the pasta just to al dente, according to the package directions. Drain, rinse with cool water, and set aside.
Make the roux
Melt 6 Tbsp. of the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
Add the flour, then whisk constantly until it’s fully combined, about 30 seconds.
Slowly add the milk and cream, whisking constantly, until it’s combined and smooth, about one minute more. Reduce the heat to low.
Stir into the roux the shredded cheeses, one handful at a time, stirring to combine completely between additions.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Remove from heat.
Assemble and Bake the Mac and Cheese
Gently stir in the cooked pasta and seafood mixture into the cheese sauce.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Melt the remaining 2 Tbsp. butter and mix it with the panko.
Sprinkle on top of the mac and cheese.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the seafood mac and cheese is hot throughout and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
• Cheese: I suggest using Gruyère along with a cheddar for the best flavor. Fontina is a good substitution option as it melts well. If you do substitute cheese, make sure it is a good melting cheese.
• Panko Topping: Adding shredded Parmesan and/or Cheddar is a nice combination to add to the panko.
• Freezing: When freezing anything with dairy, separation may occur which changes the texture. If you do freeze the Mac and Cheese, cut into individual portions, wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and place in a freezer bag or airtight container. To thaw, it is best to set the Mac and Cheese in the refrigerator overnight.
• Reheating: The best way to reheat the Mac and Cheese is in the oven. Preheat oven to 300° F – Make sure the Mac and Cheese is in a baking dish, cover with foil, and heat about 20-30 minutes or until warmed.
• Storing Leftovers: Cover the Mac and Cheese tightly and store in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
• Preparing in Advance: Prepping the Mac and Cheese the day before without baking is not recommended. The texture of the cheese will change and be unpalatable.
This Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese is a true culinary gem that has earned a special place in my heart and kitchen. Whether served as a comforting main dish or paired with a juicy steak for an extra special meal, it never fails to impress. Even my husband, who was once skeptical about mac and cheese as a main entrée, has been won over by the delectable blend of seafood and rich flavors in this dish.
Not only is this mac and cheese a hit at our family dinners, but it has also become a standout favorite when we entertain guests. The unique twist on the classic baked macaroni and cheese adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any dinner gathering, leaving our guests craving for more.
The combination of succulent lobster, crab, and shrimp with creamy, cheesy pasta creates a harmonious and hearty flavor profile that is truly irresistible. To balance its richness, I love pairing it with simple and light sides like green beans, roasted asparagus, juicy roasted tomatoes, or a refreshing salad.
Every time I prepare this Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese, it turns ordinary moments into extraordinary ones. It is a dish that delights the senses and brings joy to everyone at the table. So, if you’re searching for a show-stopping recipe to elevate your dining experience, I wholeheartedly recommend trying this delightful mac and cheese. Indulge in the pleasure of savoring its mouthwatering flavors and create cherished memories around this incredible dish. Enjoy the magic of this exquisite macaroni and cheese, and let it become a treasured favorite in your home, just as it has in ours!