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Louisiana Creole Gumbo celebrates national Mac & Cheese Day

Posted at 8:27 AM, Jul 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-14 09:01:49-04

SOUTHFIELD, MICH (WXYZ) — July 14 is National Mac and Cheese Day!

Served as the main dish or a side, mac and cheese offers a multitude of ways to enjoy it. As a soup, stuffed it inside a meatloaf or a burger for a meal made for a hungry, busy family. Roll up bite-sized bits in bread crumbs and deep fry for mouthwatering appetizers. Some people even put their favorite mac and cheese between two slices of crusty bread or on a panini press for a unique treat.

Joe Spencer and Stephanie Spencer, a father-daughter duo and co-owners of Louisiana Creole Gumbo, stopped by Broadcast House to share their twist on the comfort food with Action News viewers. The recipe is posted below. Enjoy!

Cajun Shrimp & Crab Mac n Cheese

2 lbs raw shrimp
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp Creole seasoning

3 c elbow macaroni noodles
2 lbs crab meat
1 cup whole milk
2.5 c evaporated milk
4 c shredded cheddar cheese, plus 1/2 cup reserved for topping.
2 c Gouda cheese, shredded
2 c Colby cheese, shredded
2 XL eggs
2-3 tsp Creole seasoning

For shrimp:
In large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Season shrimp with Creole seasoning and cook until pink, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

For Macaroni and cheese:
Cook macaroni noodles until Al dente, according to package direction. Drain and set aside in a large bowl. In a separate large bowl, combine whole and evaporated milk, Creole seasoning and eggs, whisking until incorporated. Fold all cheeses into milk mixture, until combined.

Add shrimp, crab, and milk mixture to macaroni noodles, folding until combined. Add mixture to 9x13" buttered dish and top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and top with foil, cooking for 30-35 minutes. Remove foil and allow to cook and cheese layer to bake until golden brown, another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to set for 15-20 minutes before serving.