Friday, November 19, 2010

Fancy Macaroni-Courtesy of Tasty Kitchen

I was in awe as I mixed in the cheese with the bechamel.....Holy Macoroni Batman this is a recipe and a half for good ol' Mac N' Cheese.
Do you know Ree yet? Pioneer Woman? Hello, what planet are you on. If you're a new mom, you're excused.
My sister introduced me to The Pioneer Woman and I had no idea that it was a blog.  That was 3 years ago. I only learned about blogging a year ago and after watching Julie & Julia.
I went baby blog first, then skin care and now food.

Okay, who cares about me here's the recipe:
* Now to be honest, I only used Fontina and OKA and it was sooooo cheesy and soooo yummy.  I also used Brown Rice macaroni.  I just throw stuff when I cook and estimate measurements, so I'd day a cup if each of the above mentioned cheeses.

The Goods
  • 4 cups Macaroni
  • 8 Tablespoons Butter (Salted Butter)
  • 2 whole Medium Onions, Cut In Half And Sliced Thin
  • 10 slices Regular Bacon
  • 1 Tablespoon Bacon Grease (reserved From Bacon Slices)
  • ¼ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Whole Or 2% Milk
  • ½ cups Half-and-half
  • 2 whole Egg Yolks, Beaten
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • ½ cups Grated Gruyere Cheese
  • ½ cups Grated Fontina Cheese
  • ½ cups Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • 4 ounces, weight Chevre (soft Goat Cheese)
The Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook macaroni for half the time of the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Fry bacon until slightly, but not overly, crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Reserve grease.
Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a skillet and then saute onions over medium-low heat for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown and soft. Set aside.
In a pot, melt 4 tablespoons butter (and add 1 tablespoon of the reserved bacon grease for good measure!). Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat for 1 minute. Pour in milk and half & half, then cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until thick. Reduce heat to low. Add salt & pepper to taste. (Do not undersalt!)
Beat egg yolks and drizzle 1/4 cup hot mixture into the yolks, stirring constantly. Stir to combine. Pour egg mixture into sauce and cook for another minute.
Add cheeses and stir until melted. Add onions and bacon and stir. Taste for seasonings and add more salt if needed. Add cooked macaroni and stir to coat.
Pour into a baking dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until sizzling and hot. Serve with red meat or a green salad.

My ever so professinal pictures in my messy kitchen.  Who am I kidding?  I have a toddler and a small kitchen with dishes everywhere.  What I would do for a dishwasher. I have to wait 3 more years.  I think Charlie will be old enough, LOL.  Hopefully we'll be in a house by then and not in Toronto!

Now melted goodness into the bechamel sauce.....look at the oooey goodness!
Now mixing it all in!
Pop in the oven and enjoy the best comfort food!

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