Mac & Cheese

Today, I’ll be competing in The Brooklyn Cheese Experiment. My offering for the masses? A four-cheese, bacony, parmesan crusted mac attack with a hint of cinnamon. ...mac and cheese at The Brooklyn Cheese Experiment


* half a stick of unsalted butter

* 4 spoons of flour

* 2 cups whole milk

* 1/4 cup each of grated gruyere,  sharp cheddar, parmesan, and romano

* 1/2 cup of parmesan (kept separately)

* 2 egg yolks

* 2 spoons heavy cream/half and half, depending on how rich you want your sauce

* nutmeg, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper to taste. oh, and salt and pepper, of course.

* 6 slices of THICK pancetta or bacon

* 1 lb of some sort of ridged pasta that holds sauce well. I like pipettes, but rotini would work well, too.

* 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 375. Dice your bacon into small bites.

Make a roux from the butter and flour over medium low heat. Be careful not to burn it. Add in the milk a little bit at a time, whisking it in as you go.Let it thicken.

Put on a pot of water to boil for your pasta. Salt it.

In a separate dish, whisk the egg yolks with one spoon of the cream/half & half and set aside.

Once your milk/butter/flour mix has thickened enough to coat a spoon, gradually melt in cheeses, (I like to add 1/4 cup at a time and whisk til it’s blended before adding another,) over a low heat and season to taste. When the cheese has melted into a super gooey, creamy, delicious mix, add the yolk mixture you set aside earlier and the other spoon of cream/half & half.  Allow to thicken, stirring often.

While your sauce is thickening, cook your bacon and your pasta. (Make sure your pasta is al dente, as you don’t want to over cook it before baking.) Mix the 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese you set aside earlier with your bread crumbs. Toss the bacon in your cheese sauce once it’s finished.

Pour your pasta into a casserole dish. Pour the bacony cheese sauce over it; stir until all your noodles are covered appropriately. Cover the top with your parmesan/bread crumb mixture; bake until the bread crumbs are browned.

Mac & Cheese


Update: Check out coverage of the Brooklyn Cheese Experiment at AlwaysHungryNY!!


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    M said,


    p.s. kapow!

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