• Dungeness Crab and Sweet Onion au Gratin

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    After only one bite, this au gratin moved into the list of my all-time favorite dishes.  Perfect for a dinner party or festive occasion, you will have people begging for the recipe and you will be scraping every last bit from the bottom of the pan!  Best yet, it takes very little time to mix together, especially when buying pre-shelled crab in a 1 pound tub.  Recipe developed by Gary R. Puetz from Pacific Seafood in the 2012 Costco cookbook “Simply Delicious – The Costco Way.”  Costco is also where you will find the best price for the crab meat.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/4 pound Swiss cheese, shredded
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 2 tablespoons salted butter
    • 3 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
    • 1 pound Dungeness crab meat
    • 3/4 up mayonnaise
    • Juice of 1 small lemon
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • salt
    • white pepper
    • A few dashes of Tabasco sauce for a nice little kick (your choice)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. In a bowl, combine and toss cheese, nutmeg, lemon zest, and flour.  Set aside.
    3. In a large saute pan over medium heat, melt butter and saute onions until translucent and tender.  Set aside to cool.
    4. In a large mixing bowl, combine crab, the cheese mixture, the onions, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, sugar, salt and pepper to taste, and Tabasco.  Mix very gently.  Transfer to a large baking dish.
    5. Bake in the center of the oven for 35-45 minutes, or until it bubbles slightly and is lightly browned.  Makes 6 servings (12-14 as an appetizer).
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