Mac n Cheese

Mac n Cheese

Mac n Cheese
Grew up thinking this was some American luxury we couldn’t get in Ireland!
There were places in London famous for it, high end joints that charged an arm and a leg for this sh*t!! 
I mean it is tasty for sure, but going to a 5 star hotel, whose restaurant is owned by a famous London chef, with multiple michelin stars, and ordering f*cking mac and cheese.
Serves 4
Wine Pairing - Séléné Beaujolais Villages

 

Ingredients

  • 450g macaroni
  • 125g butter
  • 2 1.2 tbsp flour
  • 450ml milk
  • 300ml cream
  • 500g grated cheddar
  • 250g grated gruyere cheese
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160 celsius, 180 if not fan oven.
  2. Grease a baking dish by rubbing the sides and base with a stick of butter.
  3. Bring a large pot of cold salted water to the boil.
  4. Add pasta and cook for 1 minute less than packet instructions.
  5. Drain and set aside.
  6. Grate all your cheese and mix together.
  7. Divide it into 3 batches. ½ in one pile and each other pile being ¼ of the cheese
  8. Melt your butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  9. Slowly sprinkle in your flour and whisk to combine.
  10. Slowly add ½ your milk and cream, while stirring constantly until smooth.
  11. Slowly add remaining milk and cream then while stirring until smooth again.
  12. Continue heating and whisking until it gets very thick.
  13. Remove from the heat then and stir in your salt, pepper and paprika.
  14. Slowly add the pile of cheese which is half the total.
  15. Bit by bit while stirring constantly to melt.
  16. Keep stirring until completely melted and smooth.
  17. In a large bowl, combine the pasta and cheese sauce.
  18. Stir well to combine fully.
  19. Pour half of the pasta mix into the greased tray.
  20. Top with one of the piles of cheese, spread out.
  21. Top then with the other half of the pasta mix.
  22. Top then again with the last of the cheese.
  23. Lob in the oven for 20 minutes.