Tuesday, April 23, 2013

12 Weeks of Mac N Cheese - week 12! (4 Cheese Exotic Mac N Cheese)


WEEK 12!!!  I can't believe it the whole 12 week series is over.  12 AMAZING Mac N Cheese recipes to share with you.  It ends with my absolute favorite...a creamy mac n cheese made with a few wonderful different cheese that has just the right amount of bite.  One of the things I love about this recipe is you can serve it right from the stove top OR you can prepare early and bake in an oven for reheating or even on a grill, like the Big Green Egg.  Makes for a great "Take to a Cookout" kind of recipe!

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz Pasta
  • 1/4 cup New York Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups Vermont Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Bergenost (Buttery triple cream Muenster/Havarti style cheese)
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 cup plain ruffle style potato chips crushed into small pieces

Directions:

1.  Boil pasta over medium heat until al dente.  Drain and set aside
2.  Grate all cheeses and set aside

3.  In a saucepan over low heat melt 1/2 cup unsalted butter.
4.  Add flour and mix well.
5.  Add all seasoning and 4 cups of milk to include the bay leaf too.  

6.  Bring slowly to a boil stirring constantly.  Don't let heat up too fast. 
7.  Remove from heat, remove bay leaf and add in cheese & hot sauce and stir until a thick cheese sauce.

8.  Add into pasta and stir together.  

9.  You could serve from this point OR place in a oven proof baking dish and top with crushed potato chips.  We placed ours in a cast iron skillet and put on our Big Green Egg grill at about 300 degrees for about 5-10 minutes.  
If you are going to make ahead and then reheat via oven, it will need about 20 minutes in a 325 degree oven to reheat thoroughly.  If you place in oven immediately from saucepan, it will only need about 5-10 minutes to brown chips on top.  

10. ENJOY!!!  

I added a twist to mine and topped with Frank's Hot Sauce just before serving....oh it was perfect!  


Please check out all 12 weeks of our Mac N Cheese recipes.  They are all yummy and easy to follow.  


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1 comment:

  1. Who doesn't love Mac n Cheese? And I love Frank's hot sauce to :) I'm pinning the 12 weeks link! Thanks so much for joining us at last week's All my Bloggy Friends .... We look forward to seeing what you share this week!

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