Friendsgiving Mac and Cheese

I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. A holiday centered around food and gratitude is my jam. This year, I was lucky enough to celebrate 3 times: 2 friendsgivings and 1 famsgiving.

As a cook, I hardly ever follow a recipe to a tee and when I’m coming up with my own dishes, I never make the same thing twice so it is a BIG DEAL that I made this mac the same way on 3 different occasions.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 pound macaroni
  • about 1 pound white cheese, grated (gruyere and white cheddar are good but use whatever you like!)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 stick butter
  • about 1/2 cup flour
  • about 2 cups of dairy (you can use a combination of milk and half and half or heavy cream – whatever you have/prefer)
  • breadcrumbs

Directions:

  1. Cook the macaroni according to box instructions.
  2. Melt butter in a sauce pan.
  3. Turn the butter up to a simmer and whisk until brown.
  4. Dice shallot and brown with the butter.
  5. Add flour, little by little, until you get a smooth roux (see video below for texture goals).
  6. Whisk in the dairy until the roux is completely dissolved and bring up to a simmer.
  7. Add cheese one handful at a time while whisking (leave about 1/2 cup out to go on top). It is important that you keep the sauce moving so the cheese doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.
  8. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and mix to coat all pieces evenly.
  9. Top with reserved cheese and breadcrumbs then bake at 350 until the top is bubbly. You can also prepare the night before then bake just before serving!

PRO TIP 1: Put a little bowl upside down in a big bowl and grate the cheese on that. The first two times I made this, I left a huge mess of cheese on the counter because I was grating on a cutting board. Trust me – corral your cheese! Also – DO NOT BUY PRE GRATED CHEESE. Freshly grated cheese melts way better and you wanna get fancy with your cheese choice.

PRO TIP 2: Get your cheese at Trader Joe’s. They have the best prices and selection.

This is what you want your roux to look like. A nice silky texture with good color.

 

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