smack my mac

I am a sucker for a good hearty mac n cheese… I found a recipe online called “fanny farmer mac n cheese” with a couple of tweaks it was good to go!

Baked Mac n Cheese (adapted from here.. it is easily doubled)

1/2 box elbow macaroni

1 c milk + 1 c cream combined

5 tbsp butter

4 tbsp flour

3 shallots finely chopped

1 tsp dry mustard powder, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, pinch salt and pepper

2 cups grated cheese (I like a good sharp cheddar or combination of cheddar/swiss/parmesan)

1/2 c grated parmesan

Preheat oven to 400F.  Cook and drain macaroni accordingly to directions… do not overcook and slightly aldente is perfect.

In a large saucepan, saute shallots in 1 tbsp butter until lightly golden.  Remove and set aside.  Add remaining butter, melt then add flour, cook one minute. Add milk and cream gradually,  whisking constantly. Bring to a boil, cook 2 mins, add spices and shallots, reduce heat and simmer 10 mins. Add cheese handfuls at a time, stirring constantly until all the cheese has melted.  Add cooked macaroni and toss to coat.  Pour into buttered baking dish.  Sprinkle with parmesan and bake about 2o mins until hot and bubbly. Delish.

sorry about the poor picture quality, I was at this stage too busy cramming it into my mouth! Along side though is Mr Weiss fantastic German Potato Salad…. a very good accompliment.

German Potato Salad

2 pounds red skinned potatoes, scrubbed clean, halved

good quality olive oil

3 cloves chopped garlic

1/2 bunch parsley chopped parsley

In a large saucepan, cook the potatoes in a heavily salted water.. until tender. Drain and immediately cut into small pieces. Whilst still hot pour over olive oil to coat, add garlic, generous pinch salt & pepper.  Let cool. (its important to do the first part of this recipe while the potatoes are HOT to blend in the olive oil and garlic).  When cool, add parlsey, adjust seasonings and serve.

Not sure why we call it “German” Potato salad, but it sure is good.

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