This was originally an article I posted on Jan 5th 2012 – it is also the one recipe I have cooked numerous times, I worship it. It is one of the most impressive things that you can serve at a dinner party and is pure gluttony of divine food 🙂 Enjoy it!!
Firstly a HUGE thanks to my friend Anna who works at Allen and Unwin and sent me a cookbook called “kitchen coquette: THE GO-TO GUIDE FOR THOSE RANDOM LIFE SCENARIOS WHEN FOOD IS THE ONLY ANSWER” – seriously one of the most unique cookbooks I have ever owned. It is basically a scenario cookbook with meals for all of those scenarios. For example – there is a “what the f**k should we cook for dinner?”, “movable feasts”, cooking for potential in-laws, what to take to outdoor cinemas and abundant other scenarios – it is superb and the food is mouth watering perfection. If you want a brilliant cookbook for yourself or as a present then hunt this one down – it is unique and quirky and totally user friendly.
I wanted to cook the last meal of my holidays so hit up the cookbook for a peruse yesterday and came across something that peaked my excitement. WASABI MACARONI AND CHEESE – OMG MOUTHWATERING DELIGHTFUL JOY
The author of the book quotes this for the recipe: “Don’t deny yourself the cheesy goodness of a Mac and Cheese, you might get hit by a bus tomorrow, which would just prove that the fates have a cruel sense of humour, and that life is far too freaky and obscure to be lost on a diet that doesn’t include cheese and pasta.” SOLD I AM COOKING IT.
Now to make this you can use cheese substitutes if you want but if you want the most sensational tastes then hunt down the best cheeses you can and I thoroughly recommend you find the Panko breadcrumbs from either an Asian store or I found mine in a big Coles – you can find them!! For the cheeses I ended up going to a delicatessen – I ended up with quite a bit left over from the gruyere and pecorino as I could not buy them in such small quantities but that is fine – I will make more of the mac and cheese and freeze it. I also added the broccoli as I needed a green in it so as it now contains broccoli I am claiming the recipe as my own You could substitute the broc for peas and claim that as your own recipe Besides the Broc I followed the recipe to the gram.
YOU WILL NEED:
* 195gms (1.25cups) macaroni
* 1 whole head of broccoli TRIMMED into tiny florets
* 1TBSP olive oil
* 375mls (1.5cups) milk (I went skim)
* 60ml (.25cup) cream (I went lite)
* 1TBSP wasabi (available from most supermarkets or Asian grocery stores – and a suggestions – NEVER put a whole teaspoon of it in your mouth – you will seriously hallucinate )
* 20gms butter
* sea salt and freshly ground black peppe
* 150gms (1.5cups) smoked cheddar GRATED fine
* 40gms (.5cup) pecorino cheese GRATED fine
* 25gms (.25cup) gruyere GRATED fine
* 45gms (.75cup) PANKO bredcrumbs
* 2tsp chilli flakes or Piri Piri
YOU WILL NEED TO:
1) Preheat oven to 250degreesC (500degreesF) – yeah bloody hot
2) Grease lightly a 25X25X5cm ovenproof dish or similar sized (doesn’t matter too much)
3) Cook the mac as per the instructions and maybe take out 2mins before done – it bakes better. Drain and toss with some olive oil and broccoli and set aside
4) Gently warm the milk, cream, wasabi and butter in a saucepan and bring to a slow simmer, seasoning well with a good pinch of S&P
5) Combine all the cheeses in a bowl, then add half to the milk (still simmering) and butter mixture and stir well
6) Take this off the stove and thoroughly stir this into the pasta
7) Tip pasta into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese, top with the PANKO crumbs and chilli flakes
8) Put in the oven and bake for 15mins until brown and bubbling
9) The baking time is the perfect time to throw in some garlic bread on bottom shelf of the oven
10) Serve them together with a glass of red and maybe a green salad