Saturday, February 26, 2011

Truffle Mac 'N Cheese

So after an entire day of moving my grandmother into her new apartment then coming home and trying to clean up the yard after the storms we have had recently my body was spent!  My roommate/cousin ("ish-figure") suggested making truffle mac 'n cheese and watching a movie
with some friends...I thought that was a great idea so that is how we spent an AWESOME Saturday night....

Truffle Mac 'N Cheese
3/4 pound elbow macaroni pasta
4 tbsp unsalted better
4 tbsp all purpose flour
3 c whole HOT milk {I use low fat, but it’s divine with whole milk}
1 tsp ground white pepper
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper {depending on your taste}
3/4 c. grated Gruyere cheese
3/4 c. grated Fontina cheese
3/4 c. grated white cheddar cheese
1/2 c. grated parm cheese
1/4 c. panko bread crumbs
1 tsp granulated garlic { optional}
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp white truffle oil & 1 tbsp for drizzling
3/4 tsp salt

Cook pasta according to package.  Grate cheese. Melt butter in a large sauce pan.  Add flour and stir constantly for 5 minutes creating the roux.  Add truffle oil, cayenne pepper, salt, white pepper, and nutmeg.  Stir the white sauce for 8 minutes. 
Add cheese and cook for 2 more minutes until smooth (turn it to really low). 
Bake for 15-20 minutes until all is right in the world.  Or until lightly brown and bubbly. 
Let it stand for about 5 minutes…and drizzle an additional 1 tbsp of white truffle oil over the top. 
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