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#MenuMonday: Macaroni and Cheese

#MenuMonday: Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese is an extremely popular dish.  Make your own with this recipe from Epicurious.com.  It is the perfect comfort food to get you through the cold winter months and is a great dish to serve if you plan to have a buffet on your wedding day.

Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

For the Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 ounces finely grated Parmesan (about 1/2 cup)

For the Macaroni and Sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more
  • 1 pound dried elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard powder
  • 16 ounces coarsely grated extra-sharp cheddar (about 6 cups)
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan (about 1/2 cup)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in the middle of the oven.  Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  2. Make the topping: 
    • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat butter and oil until butter foam subsides. Add panko and garlic; cook, stirring, until crumbs are golden brown, 4–6 minutes. Transfer crumbs to a medium bowl, stir in Parmesan and salt, and set aside.
  3. Prepare the macaroni and sauce:
    1. Set a large, covered pot of salted water over high heat to boil. Add macaroni and cook until just al dente (avoid overcooking). Drain macaroni and set aside.
    2. In a large wide pot over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Sprinkle flour over butter, whisking to incorporate and make a roux. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until roux is light golden, about 4 minutes. Gradually pour in milk and cream, whisking constantly to incorporate and make a béchamel sauce. Raise heat to medium-high and bring sauce to a low boil, whisking constantly. Reduce to a simmer, whisking occasionally, and cook until béchamel sauce is thick and coats the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes more.
    3. Add 2 tsp. salt, pepper, and mustard powder. Add the cheeses in three batches, whisking until each addition is completely melted before adding more. Remove from heat.
    4. Add the drained macaroni to the pot with the cheese sauce and stir well to coat. Transfer macaroni mixture to the buttered baking dish and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle topping evenly over macaroni and bake until golden and bubbling, 18–22 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Yield: 12 servings

Total Time: 1 hour

Original Recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/our-favorite-macaroni-and-cheese-51255890

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