Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The folks at ModCloth kindly asked for the best mac & cheese recipe known to man.

You may think that based on recent posts, I'm somehow affiliated with Modcloth, or get some kind of kickback from them. I only wish that were true, (especially if the kickback came in the form of dresses).
The truth is, I just really love their style and the story behind the company, so I wanted to share with them, and with you, dear reader, my husband's famous Baked Green Chile Mac & Cheese.

Thanks to Food Network, for the photo. This is exactly what ours looks like! OK, ours might not be as pretty. But I bet it's more delicious.

Here is the recipe in all its one-million-calorie glory. Seriously, it's awful for you. I'd recommend saving this recipe for special occasions, like Christmas, or Tuesday. Enjoy, and don't hold me responsible for any impending heart attacks.

1/2 lb elbow macaroni
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp powdered mustard
1 1/2 c. whole milk
1 1/2 c. half & half
1/2 c. yellow onion, finely diced
1/2 c to 1 c diced New Mexico green chiles
1 bay leaf
1 tsp smoked paprika, or more to taste (if you can't get smoked paprika, don't bother)
1 large egg at room temp, or gently warmed in a water bath
6 Oz. of good quality (not KRAFT) sharp cheddar, shredded
6 Oz. smoked gouda, shredded
1/2 c. parmesan
Fresh black pepper

1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. bread crumbs or panko
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp herbs de province
Salt to taste
xtra bread crumbs to prepare baking dish

Note, if you can't get good quality New Mexico green chile, fresh or frozen, I'd recommend making it with chipotles in Adobo instead, because canned green chile is an abomination unto the lard. I'd start with 2 chipotles finely diced and 1 to 2 Tbsp of the adobo sauce, then add to taste. (Don't use the whole can-- I wouldn't even mention this, except a good friend made this mistake once, and it was pretty painful to all parties involved.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare a baking dish by coating with butter and then with bread crumbs or panko

Shred cheddar and gouda and mix together into a bowl with 1/2 c. parmesean, stir together well.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta until it is nearly al dente, but a little toothy.

In a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard. Whisk gently for about 5 minutes until the roux begins to brown. Make sure it's completely free of lumps.

Stir in the milk, half & half, onion, green chile (or chipotles & adobo sauce) bay leaf, and paprika. bring to a simmer and cook on low heat for about ten minutes until it thickens. Stir occasionally. Remove the bay leaf.

Break egg into a separate dish and whisk thoroughly. Ladle a small amount of the roux into the egg and whisk, to temper the egg. Repeat this a couple of times. Then stir egg mixture into the roux.

slowly Stir in 3/4 of the cheese, allowing it to melt thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper.

Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into the baking dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Make the topping:
Melt i/4 c. butter in a small sauce pan

Mix 1/2 c. parmesan, 1/2 c. bread crumbs and 1 Tbsp. herbs de province and salt to taste, in together in a separate bowl, then add to the melted butter and stir until a dry, clumpy mixture forms.

Top the mac n cheese with the bread crumb mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for five minutes before serving.

I typically consume between three and four times the amount of mac & cheese seen here.


Stephanie Hardy said...

Oh my soul! This looks soooo yummy. I'll have to wait for a day when I have more than my usual two hours to spend at the gym. This looks like I'll have to spend the night with the elliptical after consuming a portion, but so yummily worth it.

Robyn said...

Print screen. I love recipes on blogs. I am horrible cook, so I will take any advice. Also, if modcloth wanted to send dresses my way too, that would be super. Let's hope.

Julie said...

Oh girl, that looks delicious and quite involved. I'll let you make it for me! We'll feast while Nathan plays his solo version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. I can't wait! ;)

amy said...

@Stephanie-- I believe the Abs Diet guy said something about how it's actually good to eat a really high-calorie meal once in a while because it's somehow good to keep your metabolism guessing. Or something. OK, I don't remember exactly what he said, only that it was OK.

@Robyn-- I'll send our dresses-for-singing-their-praises proposal to Modcloth stat.

@Julie-- Sounds fab!

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