Monday, August 30, 2010

Shallot Mac & Cheese





Those bread crumbs previously mentioned were put to very good use with this tasty little Macaroni and Cheese recipe. I just love Macaroni & Cheese, in fact one of my favorites still is some Kraft from the box made with tons of butter. When I was a kid my favorite was Velveeta, that and Top Ramen…I practically lived on those two things....on purpose.





INGREDIENTS


• Kosher salt
• Vegetable oil
• 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
• 1/2 quart milk
• 4 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 6 ounces Havarti (4 cups)
• 4 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 6-8 slices of tomato
• 2 cups of bread crumbs
• 1 shallot, chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, minced



DIRECTIONS


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.







Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don't boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4-quart) pot, add in the shallot and garlic – saute for 2 minutes next add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Havarti, Cheddar, large pinch of salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a baking dish.







Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoons of butter, combine it with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.







Enjoy as always….can’t wait for the 3 day weekend coming up!

27 comments:

Susi said...

This mac & cheese looks delicious! I really like your addition of tomato and bread crumbs!

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

I still enjoy Top Ramen and Kraft Dinner more often than I'm willing to admit :) I like that this mac n' cheese has some sauce to it. I made some "gourmet" mac n' cheese recently that was kinda dry and I wished I'd made Kraft Dinner instead :)

Aromadoce said...

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Siggy Spice said...

Holy YUM! Hellloooo shallots!
Great blog! I am excited to delve in and see more!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I love bread crumbs with mac and cheese! The shallots make a great addition!

Rick said...

Havarti and shallots. This is very fancy. Mac and cheese is always more fun dressed up.

aipi said...

Cheesy n tasty mac n cheese..love the addition of shallots!!

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Eugenia said...

MMMMM this looks so fancy and so good!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Mmmm...I love havarti- this looks delicious!

Yummy Team said...

WOW!! What a delicious looking mac n cheese!!

Evan B said...

I'm always down for a new mac and cheese recipe.. i love the sound of these ingredients :)

Taylor said...

I love Havarti cheese! I'm sure the shallots add a ton of flavor too...yumm!

Angie's Recipes said...

The extra addition of bread crumbs atop makes your mac cheese bake looks extremely delicious!

Tracy said...

Homemade mac and cheese is the best! Your version looks delicious!

Jenn said...

There is nothing better then mac and cheese in my book....no matter how you make it!!! This sounds wonderful!

Velva said...

Your mac n' cheese dish is awesome. You twist on traditional mac n' cheese is a goo done. Thanks for sharing.

Megan said...

I love tomatoes in my mac and cheese! This looks like such a good recipe!

Moogie said...

This looks super. But I must say, your photos are fabulous.

Sue said...

My mom's mac n' cheese was my favorite as a child! This looks like the sophisticated version...Delicious!

Tia said...

this looks so delicious and yet so elegant (for mac n cheese, lol)

baking.serendipity said...

Mac and cheese is such a great comfort food and yours looks delicious! I can't wait for the three day weekend either :)

Monet said...

When I saw your post for bread crumbs the other day, I immediately thought, Macaroni and Cheese. I'm so glad to see this post. It is perfect!
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Cristina {Teenie Cakes} said...

Mmmm - luv that you used havarti in this recipe. Delicious looking mac and cheese...one of my all time favs and comfort food. :)

Cathy said...

There's nothing better than homemade mac and cheese. Adding havarti would make it extra creamy.

Shannon said...

Hmmm i would have never thought to use havarti OR tomatoes but now that I see it, must.make.now.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love Mac & Cheese! yours looks so good!

Cheers,

Rosa

Sara said...

Yum, I so need to try this! Looks totally delicious. :)