Eulogy at a cheese party

13 Apr

So we had a wine a cheese party last Friday night and sadly there was cheese left over. And while we mourn the casualties, they will be used in a delightful indulgent mac and cheese. So the admission for this event was to bring a bottle of wine or a hunk of cheese. Well, most of the guest decided to bring both and with only 11 people in attendance we had plenty left over.

The truth is that all cheese makes make good mac and cheese. I know what you’re thinking, no way can all cheese make good mac and cheese. But it’s true! Ok so for example, the leftovers from the party were delice de bourgogne, piave, fontina, auricchio, and adams reserve cheddar. It’s an odd mix to say the least, but be assured that it is delicious.

The recipe is one of ratios and balancing flavor, salt and fattiness. As long as you have leftover cheese you can make this dish, and yes you can use blue cheese.

Last Rights Mac and Cheese

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 cup milk
2-4 cups leftover cheese, crumbled or shredded
1 pound penne pasta, cooked and drained
salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter and oil together and add the flour. Wisk in the flour and slowly add the half and half. When the half and half thickens, wisk in the milk. Add the cheeses in slowly letting each addition melt into the sauce before adding in the next amount. When the cheese is completely incorporated taste it and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Pour over the pasta and toss to combine. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until it’s brown and bubbly on top.

Enjoy your leftovers…

Always thinking of the next meal,

-Katie

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