This fancy-fied mac and cheese casserole makes a lovely dinner party dish or Thanksgiving side dish. It’s an amalgamation of a classic gnocchi gratin and crab mac and cheese, offering a bit of cozy luxury.
Several months ago I had the opportunity to visit San Francisco.
I adored walking the hills, observing the intricate architecture, breathing in the ocean air, and visiting quirky shops and galleries.
Other than the ocean air, it reminded me of a larger Asheville and I felt right at home.
Of all the wonderful things I saw and experienced in San Francisco, the thing that stuck out to me the most was the incredible food culture.
Everywhere I looked wonderful things were being grown, caught, baked, churned, crafted, and cured. I couldn’t possibly begin to tell you all the delightful things I tasted.
Just know, there was a lot of cheese, chocolate, sourdough bread, and an episode with salami in a cone.
I can, however, fully describe the dish that was the most memorable, a Crab Mac and Cheese Recipe.
At a little waterfront restaurant, we ate the most decadent mac and cheese casserole with large succulent chunks of crab meat nestled within.
As I looked out at the bay, I savored every bite and took mental notes so I could come home and recreate such a dish.
This fall, I experimented with various mac and cheese casseroles and finally determined I would like this luxurious dish even more, if I switched the standard macaroni noodles to gnocchi.
Creamy gnocchi gratin is another favorite splurge, so it only made sense to combine the two.
This crab mac and cheese recipe made with tender pillows of gnocchi, sweet crab meat, gruyere, and havarti cheese, has the essence of both a well-made gnocchi gratin and a baked mac and cheese casserole.
That means it delivers both the sense of intense luxury and down-home comfort. What could be better than that?
To top it all, it has a touch of warm spicy nutmeg that pairs so well with both the seafood and cheeses.
This gnocchi gratin would make a show-stopping addition to your Thanksgiving table, as well as a opulent main course for an intimate holiday dinner party.
If planning the latter, I suggest serving it with a warm spinach and pear salad and a glass of something bubbly!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Classic Gnocchi Gratin with Gruyere, Havarti and Crab Meat.