PROGRAMMING NOTE: ‘Stories of Hope: Facing Breast’ cancer airs on WGN at 7PM tonight

Lunchbreak: Alaskan king crab and rock shrimp mac and cheese

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Executive Chef Brian Key

Steak 48
615 N. Wabash Avenue
(312) 266-4848

Alaskan King Crab and Rock Shrimp Mac 'n Cheese

1 pound Cavatappi pasta
1 gallon water
2 Tablespoons kosher salt
3 quarts heavy cream
2 fluid ounces olive oil
1 ounce (2 Tbs) Parmesan cheese, grated
1 ounce (2 Tbs) Romano cheese, grated
2 egg yolks
1 ounce (2 Tbs) cheddar cheese
1 ounce (2 Tbs) Provel cheese
1 ounce (2 Tbs) rock shrimp
1 ounce (2 Tbs) king crab
1 Tablespoon shallots, chopped
1/2 Tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 ounce unsalted butter
1 teaspoon paprika
1 Tablespoon white wine
2 teaspoon fresh chives

Bring the water and kosher salt to a boil, and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta well and toss with a little olive oil before letting it cool at room temperature. In a sauce pot, bring the cream to a boil and reduce heat to low. Whisk in the cheeses and cook on low heat until the sauce begins to thicken and remove from heat. Whisk in the egg yolks and let cool. Place a sauté pan on the stove on high heat and add the olive oil, followed by the rock shrimp, sautéing for 30 seconds. Add in the garlic, shallots and king crab meat and deglaze with the lemon juice and white wine. Finally, add in the butter and paprika and set aside. Take the pasta and place in another sauté pan on the stove on medium high heat. Add in some olive oil and warm the pasta. Add the cheese sauce to the pasta and bring to a simmer. Scoop the pasta into a bowl and top with the king crab and rock shrimp, garnishing with chives.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.