6 tbsp. butter, divided
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup sliced celery
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) chicken broth (or stock)
3/4 cup half-and-half
3 tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. red pepper sauce (Tabasco Sauce)
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) refrigerated imitation crabmeat chunks or 2 cups chopped cooked crabmeat
1 cup soft breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 400° F. Lightly spray rectangular baking dish (11x7x1 1/2 inches) with nonstick cooking spray.
Over medium heat, melt 4 tbsp. butter and add mushrooms and celery. Cook about 4 minutes, stirring constantly, until celery is tender. Add the flour and continue cooking for about a minute. Whisk in the chicken broth (or stock) and mix until smooth. Stir in the pepper sauce and half-and-half. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil for about a minute. Stir in the crabmeat and reduce heat to low. Continue cooking until sauce is thickened. Check for seasonings and adjust to your taste.
Spoon the crabmeat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Melt the remaining 2 tbsp. butter and mix with the bread crumbs. Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly over the crabmeat. Bake, uncovered, for about 25 minutes or until heated through.
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
3 cups chicken broth (or stock)
1 cup cream
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese (sharp is best, but any flavor will work)
1 can (12 oz.) regular or nonalcoholic beer
In a 4 quart Dutch oven or stock pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, and onion and cook for 10 minutes, until celery and onion are translucent. While the vegetables are cooking, mix the flour, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Add to vegetables when the celery and onion are ready. Add the chicken broth (stock) and stir to break-up any lumps that may form (use a whisk, if necessary). Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil and stir for one minute. Reduce heat and stir in the cream and cheese. Stir occassionally and heat until cheese is melted. Stir in beer.