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Video: Chef John’s Macaroni and Cheese

See how to make Thomas Jefferson’s favorite comfort food.

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You don’t have to be a Founding Father to crave this creamy, cheesy comfort food. In this video, you’ll learn how to make classic Thomas Jefferson-style macaroni and cheese. You’ll also discover exactly what “Thomas Jefferson-style” means. You’ll start by making a simple roux with butter and flour. From there, you’ll build on the roux, adding herbs and spices, and cold milk—and learn how to avoid getting lumps in your mix. Then it’s time for grated nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce, and three kinds of cheeses—with a bit of Dijon mustard stirred in at the end. Follow along with Chef John’s recipe for Macaroni and Cheese. You can easily alter this recipe to your personal tastes by adjusting the amount of pasta you use. Finally, Chef John will reveal the secret to a perfectly crisp, caramelized macaroni and cheese crust. See more Chef John videos >>

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May 28, 2014 10:36 am
HaHa, I will use this recipe from now on and how I giggled at the In Your Face England, at the end of the section, we don't really eat Mac and Cheese over there! I get it thought, we said Chef John!
Mar. 15, 2014 10:23 am
Chef John is great. I always check his recipes first. Making great food isn't about using the MOST ingredients, it's about using the RIGHT ingredients. Chef John knows this and I love every recipe of his I have ever used.
Feb. 28, 2014 6:09 am
Feb. 1, 2014 4:43 pm
My children are a big fan of macaroni and cheese. Not only did they enjoy eating it but had fun chipping to prepare it. The little ones did the grating and prepping while my grown girls worked with me at the stove.
Jan. 1, 2014 8:16 am
@einargk maybe for the bread crumbs you can leave the GF bread out for a day or two or maybe you can cook the bread longer than you usually do but don't let it go to long or it will burn and maybe try to grate the bread using a box grater on the larger holes or food processer good sources for GF breadcrumbs are however I have never tried them
Nov. 23, 2013 12:12 pm
Excellent fun dish! Even my picky son loved it. Panko is fab, almost as good as any Chef John recipe...almost, but not quite. I have yet to make one of your recipes and not absolutely enjoy them. Delish! ***** five stars CJ!
Jul. 21, 2013 2:26 pm
I have made this 4 times now. It is my absolute favorite mac & cheese recipe. Love, love it! I use a variety of cheeses and am a big fan of Panko bread crumbs.
Jul. 11, 2013 5:40 am
I love trying new recipes for macaroni and cheese. This was absolutely delicious! Of course I made the whole pound of time I want to try it using additional sauce...
May 11, 2013 9:29 am
I so wanted to make this as soon as I heard what bread crumbs he used! Japanese Panko bread crumbs are the kind we buy! I feel so culinarily intelligent right now. ;)
Feb. 27, 2013 7:44 am
yum.. need to make this for my next potluck at church. I'm always on the hunt for the perfect mac and cheese.. this looks like a contender
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