Perhaps I'm showing my age when I say ~
IF THIS POST WAS FEATURED ON SESAME STREET,
IT WOULD BE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LETTER:
Macaroni & Cheese
A comfort food that I absolutely adore! How about you?
My great-grandmother's recipe, of Pennsylvania Dutch origin, is what I was raised on.
They won't eat it unless MY dad Mike makes it.
Culinary muses, whose recipes and ideas make our mouths water, are all around us. My Muse for this post was Morgan at Becoming Home Grown. I recently enjoyed her post "Mac and Cheese of Doom", and it got me thinking, no, make that daydreaming about MY FAVORITE MACARONI AND CHEESE.
My husband and I were looking for a Macaroni & Cheese recipe that could be put together easily and relatively quickly, would have some depth and character, without compromising the classic taste that transports us to the land of Cozychildhoodville, and would please a crowd of diverse palettes (enter ~ my children ~ Miss Pickypants #1 and Miss Pickypants #2). It had to have a creamy, melty middle and a delicious, golden, crunchy top that virtually begs for you to pick at it, despite the risk of severe, palette numbing burns, the moment it emerges from the oven.
We modified the Martini Mac & Cheese recipe from Cooks Country (the sister of our favorite publication, Cooks Illustrated), knowing full well that the addition of green olives and cocktail onions was tantamount to putting a live snake in the macaroni, as far as our girls were concerned. The panko bread crumbs on the top were my addition ~ absolutely, gotta have a good buttery crunch! What resulted was pure excellence! A hit! The cheddar gave just the right tang; the parmesan the perfect level of saltiness and nuttiness; and the gorgonzola contributed a depth of flavor in a sneaky sort of way (in that you wouldn't leap to the immediate conclusion that the cheese sauce contained a blue-veined cheese).
Here's our recipe...
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