• Crab Newburg over Old Bay Pasta - Dirt Cheap

    Get the telephone tax refund-crab2.jpg 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

    Get the telephone tax refund-crab1.jpg 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.
    Get the telephone tax refund-crab.jpg Add the crab meat, stirring gently until warmed through. Canned crab can be use in place of fresh crab.
    Get the telephone tax refund-crab2.jpg 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
    Milk- 1 Gal for $3. = 16 cups =.19 per cup .27
    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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