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Mac and Cheese #1

Mac and Cheese #1

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mac and Cheese #1
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Over the course of time I will likely have several recipes of Mac and Cheese. This one is a stove top version that includes some onions, garlic and crispy bacon. I also play around with cheese blends but this one is pretty awesome.

Ingredients
Elbow Macaroni (half a box)
4 tbs of butter
2 tbs of AP flour
1 cup of cream
4 oz of Gruyere
4 oz of Cheddar (again buy the block and shred it yourself)
3 slices of Bacon
1 shallot
3 cloves of garlic
Cayenne pepper
Black Pepper
Kosher Salt
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Directions:
1. Cook your bacon on low to medium heat until crispy. Remove to a paper towel. Remove some of the grease but keep a tablespoon or so and then add shallots and cook until soft followed by minced garlic. Remove from heat and set aside and crumble bacon back into the pan and stir.

2. Cook your pasta according to the package. Set aside a little pasta water.

3. Now lets make a rue by taking a large pot and put it on medium low heat. Melt the better and then add the flour and stir until light brown. Add your cream and stir until it thickens into a b├ęchamel. Start adding your cheeses slowly letting them melt. When you get the consistency you want add the bacon, onions and remaining spices and stir. The slowly add your pasta until completely coated. Taste and salt and pepper accordingly.

Savory Herb Mashed Potatoes

Savory Herb Mashed Potatoes

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mashed Potatoes a great compliment to "greens".
Mashed Potatoes a great compliment to “greens”.

Ingredients:
1. 3-4 Red Potatoes (enough for two people)
2. 1 Shallot (optional)
3. 2 cloves of minced garlic
4. 3-4 tbs heavy cream
5. 3-4 tbs cream cheese
6. 3 green onions diced (green and whites)
7. 1 tsp Fresh Herbs Minced (Rosemary,Thyme)
8. Kosher Salt, Cayenne and Black Pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Clean potatoes and cube into large equal pieces so that they cook together. I keep the skins on.
2. Bring pot of water with 2-3 pinches of salt to a boil and add potatoes. Cook until fork tender.
3. When done empty and drain into colander.
4. Dice Shallot and add to heated pot the potatoes were in and soften with a pinch of salt and a tbs of butter.
5. Add potatoes back into the pot with the shallots with heavy cream and cream cheese.
6. Mix to your desired consistency (add more cream if too dry) and add your herbs.

Super easy “base” mashed potato recipe that can be altered with various cheeses, vegetables and spices. The cream cheese, real butter and heavy cream set it apart. If you wanted to remove some calories you could dial back those three items and replace with skim milk or even greek yogurt (tangy).

Simple Ingredients
Simple Ingredients