Mac n’ Cheese reinvented

By on March 3, 2014
Who doesn’t like Mac n’ Cheese?  Here’s a recipe of one of the most requested food by kids in many parts of the world.  Each has his own way of cooking this adorable dish. 
A French Canadian dad puts a twist into the classic Mac n’ Cheese to get his children’s attention.  Say goodbye to boring mac and cheese and start making your own.  Bon appetit!

1/2 kg elbow macaroni (adjust qty as necessary)
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 3/4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese (you may combine two different types of cheddar)
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce or to taste
Salt and pepper

Topping
1. Meanwhile, fry the bacon in a skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crumble into small pieces.
2. In a skillet, brown the diced bread in the butter and add the bacon.
3. If serving as an appetizer, spoon the macaroni into ramekins or onion soup bowls. Top with bacon and croutons. Season with pepper.

Preparation

 

1. Boil the macaroni in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and coat lightly with oil. Set aside.

2. In a pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour, paprika, mustard and nutmeg and continue cooking for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Slowly whisk in the milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for 2 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper. Add the macaroni and hot pepper sauce, stirring to coat. Adjust the seasoning. If necessary, thin with a small amount of milk.

3.  Bake in 230 for 15 mins or until top reaches a nice colour.  Be careful not to overcook.

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