Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bobby's Mac and Cheese

I heart Mac and Cheese. If you know me, you have not a doubt in your mind that I could eat Mac and Cheese EVERY day for the rest of my life and I would be completely and utterly happy. My all time favorite will always be my Momma's Mac and Cheese, but with this crazy "need to cook a new recipe all the time" attitude, I have to mix it up a little. I have also loved this Cheddar Mac and Cheese, and to make it into a full meal Creamy Mac with Parmesan Crusted Chicken rocks. However, if you want Mac and Cheese with some real Bobby-flay flavor, this is it. The mixture of cheeses makes this flavor so unique, I love it! My hubbs loves the bacon and the cayenne pepper to jazz it up a little, so really it is a win-win for both of us! Enjoy...

Bobby’s Mac and Cheese
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Unsalted butter, for the baking dish
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1-inch-thick slice pancetta or bacon, cut into small dice
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 cups whole milk, or more if needed, hot
4 large egg yolks, lightly whisked
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups (8 ounces) grated asiago cheese, plus more for the top
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) grated Irish white cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) grated American cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
1 cup (4 ounces) grated aged fontina cheese, plus more for the top
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for the top
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked just under al dente
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 10-by-10-by-2-inch baking dish and set it aside.
Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels.
Add the garlic to the fat in the pan and cook until lightly golden brown, 1 minute. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the hot milk, raise the heat to high and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, 3 to about 5 minutes. Whisk in the eggs until incorporated and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the thyme, cayenne and all the different cheeses until completely melted. Season with salt and pepper. If the mixture appears too thick, add additional warm milk, 1/4 cup at a time.
Put the cooked macaroni in a large bowl, add the cheese sauce, reserved pancetta, and the parsley, and stir until combined. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
Combine an additional 1/4 cup each asiago, cheddars, fontina and parmesan in a bowl and sprinkle evenly over the top. Bake until the dish is heated through and the top is a light golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 8.
Recipe from Bobby Flay


teresa said...

that is some killer mac and cheese!

Steve said...

I mean, that would cost more than a car payment, LOL..