Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Searching for the best macaroni and cheese

I've been on a quest for years to find the tastiest mac n cheese dish.  I've tried dozens of recipes - some have been okay; others have been just odd and gross.  My husband's favorite is one I made WAY back when: a nasty one with tons of that block processed "cheese product".  Gross.  I'm beginning to be a bit of a cheese snob.  Well, I rarely find a Martha Stewart Everyday Food recipe that we don't like.  This Classic Mac and Cheese recipe came close to the top of the list.  Just a warning that the cheeses it calls for are unique ("expensive"). 

6 TBS unsalted butter, plus more for dish
6 slices good white bread, crusts removed, torn into 1/4-1/2 inch pieces.
2 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground black papper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
2 cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese (about 4 oz) or 3/4 cup grapted Romano cheese (about 3 oz)
3-4 cups elbow macaroni (I like the Ronzoni whole grain)

1.  Heat over to 375.  Butter a 2 quart casserole dish; set aside.  Place bread ina medium bowl.  Melt 2 tablespoons butter.  Pour butter into bowl with bread and toss.  Set breadcrumbs aside.
2.  In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, heat milk.  Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat.  When butter bubbles, add flour.  Cook, whisking, 1 minute.
3.  While whisking, slowly pour in hot milk.  Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes think.
4.  Remove pan from heat. Stir in salt, nutmet, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 3 cups cheddar cheese, and MOST of the cheddar and Gruyere/Romano cheese (resevering some cheese to sprinkle on top); set cheese sauce aside.
5.  Cook macaroni 2-3 minutes less than manufacturer's directions; drain, rinse.  Add to reserved cheese sauce.
6.  Pour mixture into prepared dish.  Sprinkle remaining cheeses and breadcrumbs over top.  Bake until browned on top, about 30 minutes. 


The Sneaky Mommy said...

Yum! That sounds like some super cheesy goodness!
I love my Everyday Food recipes, too! They always seem to be winners!

une autre mère said...

Well, this sounds so yummy that I might just have to splurge and buy some of that pricey cheese!