You can save up to 50 percent on the cost of the crabmeat by substituting tiny, frozen salad or popcorn shrimp for the imitation crabmeat (sometimes labeled surimi) called for in this Crabmeat Casserole recipe.
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli
2 Tbsp water
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
6 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted, divided
2 Tbsp minced onion
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp curry powder
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp lemon juice
8 oz imitation crabmeat, chopped
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine broccoli and water in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH until tender, about 5 minutes; drain.
Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray. Spread broccoli over bottom. Sprinkle with Cheddar.
Heat 4 tablespoons butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion. Cook 3 minutes. Stir in flour, salt and curry powder. Add milk. Cook, stirring continually, until thickened, about 3 minutes.
Stir lemon juice and crabmeat into skillet. Spoon sauce over broccoli. Toss bread crumbs with remaining butter in bowl; sprinkle over sauce. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
Crabmeat Casserole tip: To shorten the baking time, microwave the casserole on MEDIUM-HIGH for 5 minutes, then bake for 15 minutes until golden and bubbly.