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
|Crab- 2 cups
|Old Bay Pasta
|Milk- 1 Gal for $3. = 16 cups =.19 per cup
|Sherry - $1.98 bottle
|Flour (5lb bag is $2.29) 20 c. flour in 5lbs/ 16T per cup= 320 Tbs per 5lb bag = .007cents per Tablespoon
|Total Cost of Recipe
Even if you had to Purchase canned Crabmeat, you could STILL
make this recipe for under $3
. for your family.
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