crack n cheese

still waiting for medical updates on my poor sweet kitteh Callie and looking for comfort, wherever i can find it. i want to thank all of our dear friends who have been so very kind and supportive, as we wait to see if she’ll recover.

callie reclining what’s more comforting than mac & cheese? i have no idea. given that, i set out to make a most decadent version. i present to you: crack n cheese.

crack n cheese into the oven

crack n cheese done

Crack n Cheese
Ingredients

1/2 pound gluten free elbow macaroni (I use Bionaturae brand)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (or bacon grease, if you have it)
1 large shallot, finely diced
2 tablespoons Cup4Cup gluten free flour blend
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup chicken stock
2/3 cup heavy cream
Fresh black pepper, to taste
kosher or sea salt, to taste
4 ounces extra sharp cheddar, shredded
4 ounces various melting cheeses (asadero, queso quesadilla, Manchego), shredded
3- 4 ounces very good bacon, pre-cooked crisp and then crumbled (I used Nodine’s applewood sliced super thin)

Topping:
reserved crumbled bacon
reserved shredded cheeses
grated Grana Padano cheese

Method

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter and sauté the shallot in the butter until translucent. Whisk in the flour and garlic powder and keep stirring for about 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure there are no lumps. Stir in the chicken stock, cream, salt and pepper. Keep stirring at a simmer for about 3 minutes.

Stir in 3/4 of the cheese and 3/4 of the bacon. Fold the pasta into the sauce and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish.

Top with the reserved shredded cheese, bacon and the Grana Padano cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for 5 minutes before serving.

11 thoughts on “crack n cheese

  1. What? Poor Callie is ill!?!?!? I hope she has recovered by now, and is home cuddling up on some very sleek sexy leather furniture (or a sheepskin throw, whichever is handier).

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