Celebrate Your Love for Mac and Cheese, Perfectly!
It's July 14th, otherwise known as National Mac and Cheese Day and what better way to celebrate than with a recipe of the week that is sure to keep you screaming "More cheese please"
Living here in central Florida, provides so many options when it comes to testing the waters and finding favorite recipes. Macaroni and cheese is no exception.
Right now, I am partial to the Wisconsin cheddar version they serve up at the Boathouse in Disney Springs, but some people I know have argued it is a little too much like Velveta shells and cheese, so that is not the recipe I am going to share today. I know it is a big debate, so I encourage you to try it yourself and let me know where you stand (if you decide you like it I can share that recipe too)
So then which recipe is taking the cake for the best Mac and Cheese?
This truffle version of the classic from the Disney fan favorite Yacht Club Resort restaurant, Yachtsmen Steakhouse. This New England-style steakhouse typically serves up premium aged steaks, fresh seafood and this amazing side of Truffled Mac and Cheese.
Normally I would send you to the restaurant to order some and celebrate National Mac and Cheese day, but because the location is currently closed this easy to cook at home inspired recipe is the best way to celebrate! Once you make it's easy to quickly understand why it's a favorite.
Now, I love truffle oil, I went from only using it on my popcorn, to quickly loving it with risotto's and pastas, but if you are not a fan you certainly can make the recipe and substitute the truffle oil for either a regular extra virgin olive oil or one with an infused flavor that you do like.
White Truffle Mac and Cheese
4 Servings ~ Prep Time: 10 Minutes ~ Cook Time: 30 Minutes
- 3 tablespoons white truffle oil
- 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 1/4 pound Swiss cheese, grated
- 1/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/4 pound Fontina cheese, grated
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 ounces orecchiette pasta or elbow macaroni
- 6 Ounces of Baby Bella Mushrooms *optional (sautee these ahead of time in 1Tbsp of butter)
- White Truffle Savings *optional
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of the truffle oil, the breadcrumbs, and the Parmesan and set aside.
- In a large, heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Add the flour and whisk for about 3 minutes, or until the flour blends with the butter.
- Whisk in the half-and-half, bring to a simmer, and cook for 3 minutes.
- Stir in the Swiss, cheddar, Fontina, and mustard.
- Remove the sauce from the heat once the cheeses have melted.
- Stir in the remaining truffle oil (*and add the mushrooms if you have chosen to add them).
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium heat and cook the macaroni for about 7 minutes, until al dente. Drain the pasta and add to the saucepan with the cheese sauce. Stir well.
- Pour the macaroni and cheese sauce into a 1-quart buttered baking dish. (At this point you could refrigerate the casserole dish for up to 24 hours, or freeze your portions for use at a later time)
- Top the casserole with the breadcrumb mixture and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the casserole is bubbling. *Top with Truffle Shavings to taste. (You can also top this dish with thin sliced fried onion rings as an alternative flavor option.)
Tips and Tricks
Lastly, I like my Mac and cheese to have a little crunch to it, so I cook mine in cast iron casserole dishes, I have a few different styles to choose from, but my all time favorites are these individual ones, because they go right from the oven to the table, and make for such a cute presentation.
Do you love the recipe of the week? If you made it, be sure to leave me a comment below and tell me what worked for you, or the tips you have to make it better! We love to feature and collaborate with our growing community so subscribe to our mailing list, shoot us a message or use the links below to follow us on social media and join in on the discussions, contests, challenges!