Recently while driving on one of our adventures, The Lady and I heard a trivia question posed on the radio: “The number one comfort food for women is ice cream. What is the number two comfort food for women?” And it is… macaroni and cheese… who knew??? Well, evidently The Lady did… she loves mac n cheese and is constantly raiding my cheese fridge to create the best mac n cheese ever.
Thank goodness it’s the journey and she will never find the destination or to quote Mailie… “It’s the climb”… Yesterday, she decided to make a cheese sauce using one of her favorite recipes: Beecher’s Cheese Sauce from Pure Flavor by Kurt Beecher Dammeier (which you can buy by clicking on the icon at the bottom of this posting)… here’s what she did:
First, without my permission, she rummaged through my fridge and found wedges of Maple Leaf Red Wax Gouda and Bel Gioioso Fontina. The Lady loves to include Fontina because it melts so well, holds the sauce together and gives it such a creamy finish… then she went to work:
14 ounces of Gouda, shredded
4 ounces Fontina, shredded
1/2 stick butter
1/3 cup flour
3 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
Freshly ground pepper
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni – cooked in salty water according to package instructions
1/2 cup crushed Beecher’s Flagship Crackers and 1/4 cup Panko mixed together.
Small tabs of butter.
Prepare pasta according to package in salty water
While pasta is cooking, melt butter in large saucepan.
When melted add flour and cook for several minutes to get rid of “flour taste”.
Slowly add milk to butter and flour mixture, whisking as added. Cook until thickened, about ten minutes.
After thickened, add the cheese, salt, pepper and chili powder. Stir until cheese is melted and mixture is well-blended and creamy.
You will have a lot of sauce and can refrigerate what you don’t use for up to three days or you can make a big batch of mac n cheese.
The Lady was only making three servings… well two and a quarter servings; so she didn’t use all the sauce.
She divided the pasta into bowls and poured a liberal ladle of cheese sauce on each. She folded the pasta and sauce together.
She topped each bowl with the Flagship Crackers and Panko mixture and topped with some small tabs of butter.
She browned under the broiler and served.
It was so delish that The Man swooned…