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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

RECIPE: Ultimate Mac-n-Cheese

posted by snekse
Recently Paul Urban and the rest of his crew at Darwin Bistro won the Ultimate Mac & Cheese Challenge at the Comfort Food Classic. Paul was nice enough to share his winning recipe with me and has also agreed to let me share it with our readers.



INGREDIENTS:
8 oz. cooked pasta (shells)
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup Bechamel (see below)
1/4 cup Havarti cheese - grated
1/4 cup white cheddar - grated
5 ea. p&d shrimp (16/20 count)
1/2 oz. langostino meat
2 teaspoons truffle oil (preferably white)
1/5 cup chopped mushrooms
1 oz. caramelized onions
2 tsp. chopped garlic
2 tsp. chopped shallot
1 oz. white wine
1 crab claw for garnish
shaved Grana Padano for garnish
1 green onion sliced razor thin and shocked for garnish
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp. canola or blended oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

* get a large saute pan hot with blended oil in it, medium heat. add the garlic and shallot and saute until lightly browned, then add the onion and mushroom.
* saute vegetables until 90% cooked, about 2 minutes and deglaze with white wine.
* return the pan to the heat and reduce the wine - 2 minutes. Add your bechamel and cream. Allow the bechamel and cream at least 2 minutes to combine and slightly thicken.
* add your shrimp and langostino meat to the Bechamel, continue to simmer 2 minutes.
* add both Havarti and white cheddar to the pan and toss to combine and melt
* add the noodles, truffle oil and s&p, toss to combine.
* taste and adjust seasoning

** to plate - pour the pasta into a bowl. stab the meat end of the claw into the pasta and garnish with grana and prepared green onions.

For the Béchamel Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk (1%)
1 oz. butter
1 oz. flour
1 tsp. of each of the following:
chopped garlic
chopped shallot
fresh thyme
fresh rosemary
1 oz. white wine
1 tsp. olive or canola oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

*in a small pan, melt the butter and add the flour. whisk to combine until a pale yellow consistency forms. Set this pan aside.
*in a sauce pot, sautee all remaining dry ingredients in oil over medium heat
*when fragrant - about 2 minutes, deglaze with white wine
*after wine has reduced, add cream and milk and bring just to a simmer
*simmer for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
*vigorously whisk in roux and simmer an additional 5 minutes until thickened
*pass bechamel through a fine mesh strainer while still hot

yield: 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup


Thanks to Paul for sharing this recipe. If you make it, share your pictures with us and we'll post them here.

RELATED LINKS:
7 Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese Recipes From the 2008 Tilamook Contest Winners

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