Thursday, December 9, 2010

Macaroni and Cheese with Crispy Shallots


I got home from the gym last night and the pantry was bare. My finger was about to call the nearest pizza place when I got my spirit back and decided there had to be something I could make for dinner. 

Pasta was the first piece of treasure I found. I always have pasta. The next was one piece of Chorizo. No shredded cheese but I did find some sharp cheddar sliced cheese that we use for sandwiches. Then I found a true treasure. A container of crispy shallots that I had purchased for a spruced up version of green bean casserole that never happened.

We have the players now it's time to throw it together.  When I make homemade macaroni and cheese I rarely look up the recipe any more. It's all about making a roux by melting a half of stick of butter (4 tbsp) and combining it with 1/4 cup flour to make a paste in a sauce pan. Then let the paste cook out the flour taste and pour in cold whole milk. I say cold because to avoid lumps you always have to combine hot ingredients into cold or cold ingredients into hot.  Add 1 1/2 cups of milk and season with salt and pepper. Then add 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese.  Stir until melted. In a separate skillet I took the diced chorizo sausage and cooked it and added it to the Mac N Cheese. Then I spread the crispy shallots on top. A delicious Hail Mary. 

Now I'm off to make a grocery list or we might quite possibly starve tonight...




13 comments:

  1. your what I have in my pantry mac%cheese looks delicious. thanks for the idea of using crispy onions.
    Hope you're having a wonderful week

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  2. This looks scrumptious!.. Thank you for sharing this delicious post. All the best. luna

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  3. You are making me soooooooooooooo hungry. I love crispy shallots.

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  4. That sounds like the perfect meal for tonight! It's been raining solid (torrential downpour) for 2 days now. Comfort food in front of the fire is required!

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  5. What a good save! I usually wuss out and pick something up on the way home. Love that you just happened to have those crispy shallots to add texture.

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  6. I am a bit obsessed with mac and cheese. Love that you put crispy shallots on top - what a perfect topping.

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  7. I love how you threw together the random items. Mac 'n cheese that begins with a roux is the best stuff. Once you've eaten that you can never go back to a box! This looks wonderful.

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  8. Oh, thanks for that tip (hot into cold or cold into hot to avoid lumps). I never knew that, so that will be really helpful in the future. I love that you threw together mac and cheese on the fly like that. Isn't that the best when you do that? Especially with mac and cheese, one of my favorite things in the world (I even plan on naming my next dog Mac-N-Cheese!)

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  9. This looks absolutely delicious!

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  10. I love those last minute, use-what-you-have masterpieces! Great post!

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  11. Crispy shallots on top is a great addition!

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