Monday, January 28, 2013

Crack and Cheese

Thanks to a fellow blogger I decided to make a different sort of mac and cheese dish.  Yesterday I sent J out to the market for white cheddar, extra sharp mind you and some Gruyere cheese.

I'm going to attempt to make Crack and Cheese.  Here is the recipe from:
Martha Stewart’s Creamy Mac-and-Cheese
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics
Serves 12
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for casserole
6 slices white bread, crusts removed, torn into 1/4- to l/2-inch pieces ( I'm going to use sourdough)
5 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more for water
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 1/2 cups (about 18 ounces) grated sharp white cheddar cheese  I'm using Cracker Barrel extra sharp white.
2 cups (about 8 ounces) grated Gruyère or 1 1/4 cups (about 5 ounces) grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 pound elbow macaroni
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish; set aside. Place the bread in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Pour the melted butter into the bowl with the bread, and toss. Set the breadcrumbs aside.
2. Warm the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Melt the remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When the butter bubbles, add the flour. Cook, stirring, 1 minute.
3. While whisking, slowly pour in the hot milk a little at a time to keep mixture smooth. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick, 8 to 12 minutes.
4. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 3 cups cheddar cheese, and 1 1/2 cups Gruyère (or 1 cup Pecorino Romano); set the cheese sauce aside.
5. Cover a large pot of salted water, and bring to a boil. Cook the macaroni until the outside of pasta is cooked and the inside is underdone, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the macaroni to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain well. Stir the macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce.
6. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup Gruyère (or 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano), and the breadcrumbs over the top. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.  Transfer the dish to a wire rack for 5 minutes; serve.

I'm no novice at making mac and cheese nor a white sauce this doesn't appear to be overly daunting to me but I'm sure to some out there it could be.  J was just amazed that I wanted to make so much of it.  Hun, it does freeze well.

I actually had J buy both the Gruyere and the Romano cheeses for me since I'd like to try it in a week with the Romano cheese to compare.  I do love to cook.

If anyone decides to try out the recipe let me know how it came out for you.


  1. I think if I was ever going to make some mac & cheese, it would be this recipe. Sounds yummy!

    1. Having a plate of it now. Not bad, but I think next time I'm going to cut back the salt and possibly add in bacon.

  2. Yes, my Mom adds bacon to the Mac n Cheese gives its a great smoky flavor. She also uses Guyere, a blue cheese and one third kind, maybe white cheddar. Its an Ina Garten recipie from Food Network. Its uber delicious - I just need to finish eating it quickly so I am not tempted by it anymore.

    1. I'll have to try the blue cheese next time along with the bacon. J came home for lunch today and loved the mac and cheese.

  3. Oh I will be making this! Yum! :)

    1. It was really good. I had more of it for dinner too. Not like I was caring much since I was eating alone know how that is.

  4. Sounds yummy

  5. BACON!

    The recipe sounds delicious, but I have to admit I was chuckling like a juvenile at the title "Crack and Cheese". He he he it says CRACK and CHEESE.

    1. I know right...butt crack cheese. Giggles

  6. Replies
    1. Cristy...add the bacon. I'm so going to add the bacon next time.


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