November 11, 2011

{COOK IT} Grown Up Mac N' Cheese

I saw this mac n cheese on Pinterest, I'm always looking for a good mac n cheese recipe. So I thought I'd make this one and try it.

This mac n cheese is based off of a fondue cheese made with white wine. Have you ever been The Melting Pot? This is just like their cheese fondue there.

I call it grown up mac n cheese because of that. Here's my disclaimer, if you don't like dry white wine or have never had cheese fondue made this way you probably won't like this. It has a bit of an after taste of wine, although all the alcohol burns off in the cooking.

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Here's the recipe; Enjoy!

Swiss Mac & Cheese
recipe inspired by Tyler Florence

1/2 pound imported Swiss cheese, shredded
1/2 pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Pinch nutmeg
2-3 cups cooked macaroni or shell pasta
2-3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/4 cup crisply cooked bacon, chopped

Place the shredded cheeses in a bowl and sprinkle the cornstarch over it. Carefully toss the cheese to coat with cornstarch.
In a saucepan over medium heat, add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a gentle simmer. Gradually stir the cheese into the simmering liquid. Melting the cheese gradually encourages a smooth sauce. Once smooth, stir in the mustard and nutmeg. Carefully add the cooked pasta and chopped parsley to the cheese sauce and fold in to combine.

To serve, plate up the mac & cheese and garnish with the crisp chopped bacon.

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