When they say necessity is the motherhood of invention, word. Yesterday I decided to make mac n cheese for dinner. While preparing the cheese sauce, the recipe called for milk… I discovered no milk in the fridge… too lazy to run to the store, I improvised and used homemade chicken stock I had in the freezer. Whenever, I buy a rotisserie chicken at Costco, I use the skin and bones to make my stock.
In the South, Cheddar is the basis of most mac n cheese. Because it tends to separate when melted, I like to add either an Alpine-style cheese or a Gouda. Both of these style cheeses are great melters and hold the sauce together. Here’s what I did.
Ingredients: 8 ounces macaroni noodles – you can use any noodle that will trap the cheese sauce Salt to make a salty water for preparing the noodles 1/4 Cup Butter – my “everyday” butter is Kerrygold Sweet Irish Butter 1/4 Flour 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt 1/8 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper 1/8 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Nutmeg 2 Cups Homemade Chicken Stock – here’s where I would normally use milk 2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar – I used Cabot 3-Year Reserve Cheddar 2 Cups Mature Gouda
Topping: 1/2 box 34° Poppyseed Crispbread – Crumbled – I used the food processor to pulverize the crisps 2 Tablespoon Kerrygold Butter , melted 1/4 Cup Freshly Grated Parmigiano Reggiano – not the crap with cellulose added…
Boil salty water for noodles; add noodles and cook for about 8 minutes. When noodles are cooked, drain but do not rinse.
While noodles are cooking, melt butter in heavy sauce pan.
Add flour and cook until golden to burn off flour taste – but do not burn.
Add salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Add chicken stock and cook until thick; stirring regularly to keep from burning or becoming lumpy.
Add cheeses and mix until cheese is melted and creamy.
Mix cheese and noodles; pour into greased casserole dish.
Combine crumbled 34° Crisps, Kerrygold Butter and Parmigiano Reggiano and top noodle and cheese mixture.
Bake in 350°F oven for 20 minutes, until bubbling around edges.
Turn oven to broil and broil for 3 – 5 minutes until topping is melted and golden brown.
Let sit 10 minutes before serving.
Clean-up after yourself or if you’re lucky, The Man will clean up your mess.
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