My second Mac 'n cheese perfected
Nov. 1, 2012 6:04 pm
Updated: Oct. 14, 2013 8:36 pm
My dream is to start a mac n cheese business and instead of giving you all my ideas and you start your own business, here is my latest mac n cheese, which sang!
It was Mac 'n cheese with ham and brocoli along with homemade stewed tomatoes.
Cut your peppers and onions in a small dice for the stewed tomatoes.
Cut your cheese into blocks for mac n cheese.
Cut then blanch brocoli.
Cut ham into small to medium cubes.
Quart of 2 percent milk, room temperature.
Stick of soften butter.
Pound of cheese. I like to mix a sharp cheddar and jalapeno jack cheese, 8 ounces each.
Heaping 1/3 cup of flour.
Brocoli, just heads, cut small.
1/3 pound of ham, cut into small to medium diced.
1/3 cut small diced green peppers
2 teaspoons of small diced onion
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
Box of macaronis. Use any type you want, I use Dreamfields macaroni, for my daughter.
Can of crushed tomatoes. I found Burgandy wine and garlic, it went great.
Cut brocoli into small pieces, put into boiling water for 20 seconds or turns bright green, then take out and put into iced water for 20 seconds or cooling. This is blanching and sets the texture of the brocoli.
Then make your roux and have the milk ready. Melt butter, add flour shortly until tan. DO NOT BURN ROUX or throw out. Put in warmed milk, stir over high heat until thickens to a nape. Then add cheese blocks, stir until smooth add cooked macaronis. You can make
macaroni before the roux. Brown the ham slightly with little oil in hot pan. Stir in macaroni, ham and brocoli.
Put mixture into casserole, sprinkle paprika on top, bake for 20-25 minutes or slightly browned.
While the mac n cheese is baking, make your stewed tomatoes.
Start with marapoix. This time it is the onion and green pepper until semi-soft, then add garlic for a few seconds. Add crushed or diced tomatoes, simmer for 20 minutes, taste, add teaspoon of sugar if needed. Make slurry, cornstarch and hot water, add to tomato
mixture while it is boiling. Stewed tomatoes should tighten up.
Take mac n cheese out of the oven. Serve with stewed tomatoes. Mac n cheese with ham and brocoli is good, with stewed tomatoes it sings.
Mac n cheese with ham and brocoli served with stewed tomatoes.