Yesterday, The Man asked for Mac n Cheese for lunch. The Lady went to the cheese drawer in the fridge…aka my favorite drawer… to see what cheeses she had to make the dish. She decided to go off the reservation and use several small pieces to make the meal.
Here’s what she used:
From the recent reviews of Fair Oaks Farm, Indiana’s Largest Dairy Farm, she used pieces of their Sweet Swiss, Emmentaler, Aged Gouda and Asiago; from Roth Kase, she used Grand Cru Gruyere (which she helped make last spring), Butterkase and she topped the dish with her “everyday cheddar”, Tillamook Vintage White, Extra-Sharp Cheddar. As a feline foodie who loves cheese, this combination was a winner…big time!! This was one of the creamiest Mac n Cheese dishes she has made.
The Man and I both pronounced it divine!!
Here’s how she made it:
Ingredients for the cheese sauce:
These cheeses totaled approximately one pound.
½ stick Tillamook Butter
1/3 cup Wondra Flour (makes better sauces than regular flour)
3 Cups 1% Milk – the cheese brings enough butterfat to the party
A little salt and pepper
A little garlic powder
Preparation for the cheese sauce:
Melt butter in a heavy sauce pan. Whisk in the Wondra. Continue whisking and cook a couple of minutes to lightly brown and get rid of the “flour-taste”.
Add milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder and continue whisking. Cook until thickens – will take a couple of minutes (maybe longer).
Add the cheeses and cook until melted and melted together. Will only take a couple of minutes.
Use at once or refrigerate for use within a couple of days. (This is also a good sauce for vegetables and omelets.)
Makes about 4 cups of sauce.
Ingredients for Mac n Cheese Casserole:
8 ounces penne or macaroni (you want to use a pasta that will “suck” the cheese into it)
2 Cups of Cheese sauce (above)
2 Ounces of grated Tillamook Vintage White Extra-Sharp Cheddar
Preparation of the Casserole:
Preheat oven to 350°. Butter or oil a 9X13 inch casserole dish.
Cook the pasta – be sure and cook a couple of minutes less than you would normally. It will finish cooking in the oven.
Drain pasta (do not rinse; the sauce will adhere better to unrinsed pasta) and pour sauce over it until well-mixed.
Pour into casserole dish and sprinkle Tillamook on top.
Finish with chili powder, to taste.
Bake 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before serving.