Macaroni with three cheeses

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Macaroni with three cheeses
Macaroni with three cheeses
A picture from a similar recipe, Macaroni with four cheeses
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:654
Ready in:30 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:20 minutes
Difficulty:Easy
Recipe author:Chef
First published:20th December 2012

I'm not sure to which category this mac and cheese recipe belongs, but it uses two East Anglian cheeses and one from Galicia in Spain. It also has the benefit of roast garlic mixed in with it.


Ingredients

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Mise en place

  • Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F - Gas Mk 7)

Method

  1. Melt the butter over a medium heat.
  2. Add the flour, little by little, stirring constantly in a figure of 8 until thick and smooth - a balloon whisk is good for this.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not allow to brown.
  4. Remove from heat and add the milk slowly - again stirring constantly in a figure of 8 until thick and smooth.
  5. Stir in the salt, nutmeg and pepper.
  6. Add the cheeses and allow them to melt, still over a low heat and stir from time to time and add the squeezed garlic.
  7. Bring some water to the boil and cook the macaroni for the time indicated on the packet.
  8. Meanwhile, using a stick blender or food processor, blitz the sauce until it is smooth.
  9. Drain the macaroni and place in an oven-proof dish and pour the sauce over it.
  10. Sprinkle with extra cheese
  11. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until the cheese has melted and the macaroni has crisped a little.

Serving suggestions

On its own or with salad. Even eat it cold for breakfast :-)

Variations

The cheeses can be substituted as none of them are that easy to get. For Wells Alpine, you can use Gruyère; for Lincolnshire Poacher, a good, strong Cheddar would be excellent. Tetilla is more difficult to substitute as it is quite a unique cheese. You need something with a soft texture, but not of the Brie type. The nearest I can think of in texture, but not flavour, is Havarti. This is a VERY rich version of macaroni cheese and it is not advisable to eat this too late in the evening! It can be thinned down with vegetable stock if you prefer it to be lighter or if you want it to be even richer, you can chuck in some dry sherry, wine or cider.

Chef's notes

Just experiment with this recipe by adding whatever you like, such as celery seeds, chillies, paprika

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