Now I like fancy mac 'n' cheese. You know the kind with expensive, smelly cheeses instead of the traditional cheddar. I also like adding fun and healthy things like steamed broccoli into the mix. I'm not a huge fan of the traditional variety, but that's exactly what my friend wanted. Good ol' orange mac 'n' cheese with no bells or whistles.
I decided on Martha Stewart's recipe found here, because all the reviews were glowing. I was also intrigued by the fact that she calls for sliced white bread, to be crumbled, mixed with butter and made into the crispy topping. Seemed like the exact recipe I was looking for.
Last minute I opted to add all the cheddar into the white sauce and used the Parmesan exclusively for the top. This made the mac 'n' cheese super cheesy.
|White bread crumbled with butter for a crispy top.|
A few notes:
- Be careful with the boiling milk; especially when pouring it into the butter mixture. I found this step a little tricky.
- Definitely cover the mac 'n' cheese for the majority of the cooking time with aluminum foil, and uncover only for the last 10-15 minutes. You don't want the top to burn before the dish is done.
- I opted for the cheddar/Parmesan combo but next time I'd like to try it with gruyere. It'll add a much needed maturity to the dish.
We served this with a side salad, but honestly, no one was very interested in the salad! The mac 'n' cheese steals the show.