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Comfort Food - Mac 'n Cheese

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Comfort Food - Mac 'n Cheese

June Gloom = comfort food.  As much as I want to start grilling, do the Mediterranean thing, eat clean, this weather just doesn't promote it.  So instead, whipped up some mac n cheese.  I have made numerous mac 'n cheese recipes over the years.  Some good, some not so good.  This one is GOOD!  Again, another winner from Saveur.  I changed it a bit, the end result was creamy, savory and one of the best mac's we have ever eaten.

four cheese mac + cheese
original recipe from Saveur (here)
serves 6-8

ingredients:
8 oz. elbow macaroni
3 slices of crust less stale bread
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. paprika
2 shallots, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup flour
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cups milk
7 oz grated Gruyere
10 oz. English cheddar, grated
6 oz. Velveeta, cubed ( I know, I had the same reaction)
1 oz. goat cheese
kosher salt and pepper

instructions:
• pre heat oven to 375*
• bring a 4-quart sauce pan of water to a boil.  add a big pinch of kosher salt.  add noodles and cook until cooked halfway - about 3 minutes.  drain and set aside.
• tear bread, and process in food processor.  process until ground.  set a small sauce pan over medium heat and add 3 tablespoons of butter.  add bread crumbs and stir until combined.  set aside.
• in another saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and add the paprika, shallots, bay leaf; cook until shallots are soft.  add flour and cayenne and stir until thick.  whisk in milk and cook until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon, about 10 minutes.  remove pan from the heat.
• stir in the cheddar, 5 oz of Gruyere, Velveeta and the goat cheese, stir until smooth.  stir in the pasta and season with salt and pepper.  transfer mixture to a buttered oval baking dish.  sprinkle the top with the remaining Gruyere and then top with the bread crumbs.
• place baking pan on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
• let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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5 Comments:

Blogger wendygail said...

My mouth is watering...I am loving that I somehow signed up to get an email every time you post something.

June 30, 2010 at 10:18 AM  
OpenID wendy Globerman said...

My mouth is watering! I love that I get a notice every time you post something.
wendy g

June 30, 2010 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger The Urban Baker said...

wendy - your girls would love this mac! let me know how it comes out!

June 30, 2010 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Mac'n cheese, I like that, espacially a day like today (raining, low heat outside!) I think I'm gonna have to buy the orange stuff!

June 30, 2010 at 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Lisa! said...

I love love love mac & cheese, but I'm ???? at the Velveeta. I don't even know where to find it at the grocery. Your stuff is always delish, so I don't doubt that the velveeta finishes it perfectly.

July 1, 2010 at 7:51 PM  

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