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Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« on: May 04, 2013, 03:23:58 pm »
Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
inspired by a Martha Stewart recipe with some personal changes and converted to Thermomix

Number of People: 8 - 12 adults

Ingredients:
200g Gruyere cubed (can substitute 140g of Pecorino Romano)
500g sharp bitey cheddar cubed
210g butter cubed (120g softened)
6 slices quality white bread - crusts removed and torn into 2-3cm pieces
1.350g Milk
130g plain flour
10g salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
500g macaroni (dry uncooked weight)
Water & salt for cooking macaroni

Preparation:

1) Preheat oven fan forced 190C

2) Prepare a 3L casserole dish by greasing with butter - set aside

3)Add Gruyere to bowl and grate 1min/sp9 set aside

4) Add cheddar to bowl, grate 1min/sp9 set aside

5) Add 90g butter to bowl reserving the rest for later. Melt 1min 30sec/50C/sp4

Push down with spatula and melt 30sec/50C/sp2 or until fully melted.

6) On reverse/sp slow add torn bread pieces until butter is fully absorbed by bread (approx 30sec)

Set aside until later

7) Add butterfly to bowl.

Add remaining (120g) softened butter to bowl with milk, plain flour, salt, pepper, nutmeg & cayenne pepper.

Cook reverse/14min/sp4

Or until béchamel has thickened and bubbled.

(Please let me know your cooking time as this is where I was playing with times & ingredients to get it to all work properly)

8) Pour into a large mixing bowl and stir in 3 cups of cheddar and 1.5 cups of Gruyere (1 cup of Pecorino if using) and set aside

9) Hot clean TMX bowl immediately

10) Cook macaroni according to EDC instructions finishing 3min earlier than manufacturer recommendations

11)) Drain macaroni and wash with cold water. Drain thoroughly and mix into cheese sauce

12) Pour Macaroni and Cheese mixture into prepared casserole dish

13) Top with remaining cheese and butter soaked bread pieces

14)Place in oven until top is Golden (approx 30 mins)

15) Remove, serve & enjoy!

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Tips/Hints:
Recipe can be halved

This is an unbelievably tasty Mac & cheese thanks to the quality of the cheeses and I think the cayenne which adds a subtle bonus.

While not at all necessary, you could add bacon or chicken to this dish (I'd recommend halving the recipe and pre cooking the meat if you do) this will stretch it even further and obviously add a protein element.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

members' comments

Mandymaz - I just made this, it's in the oven as I type. The taste test bodes well. I used mature cheddar and parmesan. Also halved the recipe. I "cooked" the pasta in the thermoserve with boiling water, lid on, while making the rest of it. (as suggested by Halex in her macaroni cheese recipe)

Bootobethin - Thanks for this recipe, it is delicious.

« Last Edit: August 28, 2014, 03:58:48 am by judydawn »
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Re: Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013, 03:31:39 pm »
That looks like a photo from a recipe book Jadey, well done to your with your first major recipe.
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Re: Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013, 04:00:00 pm »
Aww thanks Judy, very lovely of you  :)
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Re: Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2013, 05:19:58 pm »
Very nice ;D
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Re: Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2013, 09:33:40 pm »
Looks lovely & rich :)
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Re: Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2013, 11:43:53 pm »
Looks and sounds great Jadey.

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Re: Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2013, 01:43:31 am »
Yummy jadey and well done.

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Re: Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2013, 06:12:11 am »
Yum, I would halve it, will try.
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Re: Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2013, 08:06:11 am »
I am going to halve it too :)
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Re: Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2013, 01:06:55 pm »
I just made this, it's in the oven as I type. The taste test bodes well. I used mature cheddar and parmesan. Also halved the recipe. I "cooked" the pasta in the thermoserve with boiling water, lid on, while making the rest of it. (as suggested by Halex in her macaroni cheese recipe)
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Re: Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2013, 01:27:25 pm »
Welcome to the forum with your first posting/review Mandy - you must have enjoyed it so much you decided to join this forum so that you could comment.  Look forward to more reviews and comments from you - perhaps you could pop over to the Introduce Yourself section on the Home Page and tell us a bit more about yourself, how long you've had your TMX, where you live etc.  Enjoy your time on here.
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Re: Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2013, 12:37:44 am »
Thanks for this recipe it is delicious.
I find it quite difficult to read a recipe written in colour if I am cooking from the screen.
Sorry to be picky.

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Re: Jadey's Perfect Mac & Cheese
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2013, 01:21:20 am »
I have to agree with you so I've changed it to black for you Bootobethin, I'm sure Jadey won't mind.
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