Mac and Cheese with Buttery Crumbs

 

Mac and Cheese with Buttery Crumbs - Macaroni and cheese with a panko breadcrumb topping as served by Blue in San Francisco, CA

Recipe: Mac and Cheese with Buttery Crumbs

Summary: Macaroni and cheese with a panko breadcrumb topping as served by Blue in San Francisco, CA.

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp (75 mL) unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups (625 mL) whole milk
  • 1 lb (450 g) sharp cheddar cheese, diced
  • 1/2 lb (225 g) Mozzarella cheese, diced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
  • Pinch each: freshly grated nutmeg, cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt + freshly ground pepper
  • 1 lb (450 g) elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 cup (185 mL) plain dried breadcrumbs (such as panko)

Instructions

  1. Generously butter shallow, 8-cup (2-litre) baking dish.
  2. In medium saucepan, melt 3 tbsp (45 mL) butter over medium heat. Add flour. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Whisk in milk. Cook, whisking, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Add half of both cheeses. Reduce heat to low. Stir until melted. Stir in mustard, nutmeg and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In large saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook macaroni as per package instructions. Drain well; return to pot. Stir in cheese sauce and remaining half of two diced cheeses. Spread in prepared baking dish.
  4. In small, glass bowl, melt remaining 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter in microwave. Add breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until evenly moistened. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over macaroni.
  5. Bake in preheated 350F (180C) oven 45 minutes, or until bubbling and golden. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Recipe: Karen Louise Smith

Photo: Wikipedia / CC BY

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