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Ultimate Mac and Cheese

Ultimate Mac and Cheese
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Ultimate Mac and Cheese

My Ultimate Mac and Cheese is one of my son’s favorite dishes.

It has nine cheeses in it. Yes, you heard that right, nine. It used to have 10.  I stopped using Emmental (Emmentaler) cheese.

Most of these are available at the grocers.  If not, Amazon or iGourmet carries them.  Typically, the one I have a hard time finding is the Cotswold Cheddar at my grocers.  I have in a pinch, substituted whatever cheddar I have in my refrigerator, which is typically a mild cheddar.

  • Velveeta (USA)
  • KerryGold Aged Dubliner White Cheddar (Ireland)
  • Cotswold Cheddar (England)
  • Raclette Cheese (Switzerland, France)
  • Gruyere (Switzerland)
  • Asiago (Italy)
  • Parmesan (Italy)
  • Pecorino Romano (Italy)
  • Kasseri (Greece)

When I originally made this recipe years ago, I used Chablis wine.  However, Chablis is also hard to find, so I now use Sauvignon Blanc.

I will say, this is much more of an adult version of a mac and cheese.  It has a a slight flavor similar to a Cheese fondue.  This was one of those creations I pulled together after I had catered a party.  I had a small amount of a variety of cheeses left over.  The Kasseri Cheese was left from making Saganaki.  I should note that all these cheeses melt well.  The hardest cheese to melt is the Kasseri Cheese, so cut those cubes smaller.

The first thing you need to do is make the elbow macaroni.  Follow the directions on the package, strain and set aside.  I typically mix the cooked macaroni with a little butter so they don’t stick to each other.

Next you need to make the cheese sauce.  Cut all the cheese into small pieces. In a large sauce pan, melt the butter.  Add the wine, cream and half-n-half.  Add all the cheese and let melt, stirring frequently. Do not let the cheese start to burn on the bottom.  If it starts to brown on the bottom of the pot, don’t worry, just DON’T scrape it off and mix it in.  It will give the Mac and Cheese a burnt flavor.  Stir from above that section.  Continue to mix thoroughly.  Season with freshly ground black pepper.

Cheese Sauce

Next, add your cooked elbow macaroni to the cheese sauce and mix, being careful not to break them.  Again, be careful not to mix in anything that may have been stuck to the bottom of the pan.  Place into a baking dish that you sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray.

Ultimate Mac and Chese

Add the breadcrumbs that have been mixed with melted butter on top.  Don’t do what I did (see photo below) and forget to mix the breadcrumbs with the melted butter first.  I ended up spraying the breadcrumbs with a non-stick cooking spray.  Bread crumbs flying everywhere, LOL.

Ultimate Mac and Chese

Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes.  The top will be golden brown.

This finished dish is sure to impress. For a dinner party, make individual portions in ramekins.

Left Overs – One thing I love to do is reinvent left overs.  I had some leftover Chili and left over Ultimate Mac and Cheese, so I put them together.  Wow!  This was a great finished dish as well.

Chili Macaroni and Cheese

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Note:  Please pardon the paper bowls for photos.  I’m selling my house and everything is packed.

Ultimate Mac and Cheese

June 13, 2021

This Ultimate Mac and Cheese has a variety of cheeses from all around the world. A family favorite that is sure to impress. A taste similar to Cheese Fondue.

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Ingredients
  • Elbow Macaroni:
    9 ounces elbow macaroni
  • salted water
  • 1 tablespoon butter

    Cheese Sauce
    4 Tblsp of Butter
  • 3/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups half-n-half
  • 12 ounces Velveeta (USA)
  • 7 ounces KerryGold Aged Dubliner White Cheddar (Ireland)
  • 4 ounces Costwold Cheddar (England)
  • 3 ounces Raclette (Switzerland, France)
  • 2.5 ounces Gruyere (Switzerland)
  • 2 ounces Asiago (Italy)
  • 2 ounces Parmesan (Italy)
  • 2 ounces of Pecorino Romano
  • 1 ounce Kasseri (Greece)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Topping:
    2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cups Italian breadcrumbs
Directions
  • Step 1 Boil the elbow macaroni according to the directions on the box. Salt the water. For Mac and Cheese, the macaroni should be tender, but not falling apart. Drain them.  Place in a large bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon butter so they don’t stick together.  Set aside.
  • Step 2 Cut all the cheese into small pieces.
  • Step 3 In a large sauce pan, melt the 4 tablespoons of butter.
  • Step 4 Add the Sauvignon Blanc wine, cream and half-n-half. Continue to mix thoroughly.
  • Step 5 Add all the cubed cheese and let melt, stirring frequently. Watch your temperature.  Do not let the cheese start to burn. If it starts to brown on the bottom of the pot, don’t worry, just don’t scrape it off and mix it in.  It will give the Mac and Cheese a burnt flavor.  Stir from above that section.
  • Step 6 Season with freshly ground black pepper.
  • Step 7 Add the cooked macaroni to the pot and mix thoroughly, being careful not to break them.  Again, be careful not to mix in anything that may have been stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  • Step 8 Transfer to a baking dish that has been sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Step 9 Topping:  In a small frying pan, melt the butter and stir in the Italian breadcrumbs until mixed. Sprinkle the buttered breadcrumbs on top of the Mac and Cheese.
  • Step 10 Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

    NOTE:  No salt is added, as the cheese and wine will provide enough salt.
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