Friday, May 27, 2011

Good, but not great mac n' cheese...

Creamy Mac and Cheese at Sunday dinner
If there is one thing I love is a great mac and cheese...its creamy, its cheesy, it is one of the ultimate comfort foods.  It accompanies southern meals with the greatest of ease,but it can still stand on its own as a meal unto itself. 

When it came to helping with Sunday dinner this past Sunday, I thought...what would go better with ribs than mac and cheese.  I decided to turn to Williams-Sonoma Comfort Foods, page 172... "Creamy Mac and Cheese". 

Here are the pictures and the results of what I made...

Ingredients for Creamy Mac and Cheese
The ingredients are pretty simple, as you can see in the photo above...milk, macaroni, cheddar, fontina, flour, butter, dried mustard, salt and pepper. 

Creamy Mac and Cheese
The picture above is after preparing the roux, adding the milk, the cheeses, the spices and of course the macaroni.  The sauce came together quickly.  At this point I was still sure that this would be the greatest mac and cheese ever; the sauce was creamy and everything tasted great.

Creamy Mac and Cheese
This is what the Creamy Mac and Cheese looks like topped with bread crumbs and taken out of the oven.  I had used Trader Joes Parmesan Toasts to create the bread crumbs.  I'm still feeling good about the recipe at this point.

Creamy Mac and Cheese
This is the Creamy Mac and Cheese at dinner.  It looks like the picture in the book...its good, but I have to admit; it tasted better before it went into the oven.  After coming out the oven and slightly cooling down by the time we just seemed dry to me, like the saucy goodness had baked right out of it.  I really liked the sauce and I plan on trying the recipe again, maybe adding a bit more cheddar and forgoing the whole bread crumb baking thing which I don't think it needs.  I will be trying this with in the next week or so, so stay tuned...I will post the recipe at that time with the changes I have made to it. 

Enjoy the foods of your labor.


Rosa Witten said...

That whole Sunday dinner looks Awesome! The Mac n Cheese sounds and looks yummy! I have made some recipes and I kinda feel like they are lacking a really good cheesy flavor. More cheese is always good right?

Kirk said...

Those ribs look spectacular. Who made those ribs??