• Crab Newburg over Old Bay Pasta - Dirt Cheap

    Part of learning how to feed a family of 4 for less than $250 a month is learning how to take advantage of the resources you have on hand. In this particular case, this entire delectable Crab dish cost less than $2.50 to feed the entire family, including leftovers for a 2nd meal.

    We live on the East Coast and had the pleasure of taking advantage of the recreational crabbing that is available here. Last fall we spent a fun weekend crabbing, which resulted in several packages of delicious crabmeat being packed away into the freezer to enjoy later in the season.

    For this particular recipe you'll need:

    • 3 Tbs Butter/margarine
    • 3 T. Flour
    • 1/2 tsp Paprika
    • 1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
    • 3/4 c. Water
    • 1 1/4 c. Milk
    • 1/2 c. Sherry (If you're using Cooking sherry- keep in mind that it's HEAVILY salted and it will change the flavor of the sauce). In a pinch a light white wine can be substituted for the sherry. (such as Zinfandel, or Pinot Grigio).
    • Crab Meat or Cooked Shrimp (about 1 1/2 cups)
    • Old Bay Pasta or Freshly Baked Biscuits

    Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, add the flour & seasonings, stirring well. Allow it brown slightly, add water, continually stirring, add milk. Bring to a light boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add the sherry. Continue cooking until the mixture is thick and smooth.
    Add the crab meat, stirring gently until warmed through. Canned crab can be use in place of fresh crab.
    Serve over fresh hot cooked pasta or freshly baked biscuits. Due to the colors of the pasta and the cream sauce, this isn't a particularly pretty dish. You could add 1 tsp of chopped fresh parsley for a bit of color.

    Cost of this Recipe broken down: Amount Used in Recipe
    Real Butter $2. lb (purchased on sale). 1 lb = 24 Tablespoons = .08 per Tablespoon $0.24
    Crab- 2 cups Free
    Old Bay Pasta .20
    Seasonings .04
    1 Gal for $3. = 16 cups =.19 per cup
    Sherry - $1.98 bottle .50
    Flour (5lb bag is $2.29) 20 c. flour in 5lbs/ 16T per cup= 320 Tbs per 5lb bag = .007cents per Tablespoon .03
    Total Cost of Recipe $1.28

    Even if you had to Purchase canned Crabmeat, you could STILL make this recipe for under $3. for your family.

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