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LASates’ Ultimate Mac & Cheese
L.A.Sates 19 July 2009

Sinful is the word to describe this incredible mac and cheese recipe. There are many out there, but LASates is offering you the be-all and end-all of mac and cheese recipes. Add ingredients, remove ingredients, do what you will. With the basic steps in mind, you can never go wrong with this recipe. Bon apetit, LASaters!

Active Time: 1 hrs
Bake Time: 30 mins

Ingredients
6+2 T Butter
6 T Flour
½ t Cayenne pepper
Salt
Freshly ground white pepper
3 ¾ c Hot whole milk
2 c Sharp cheddar, grated
1 c Gruyere
1 c Fontina
1 lb Elbow macaroni, cooked
½‐1 head of garlic, roasted
6 slices bacon, coarse crispy crumbles
½ c Heavy cream
½ c Fresh bread crumbs

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°.

Optional: Steep warm milk with bay leaf and a couple of cloves of raw garlic for 30 mins.

Melt 6 T butter in a med stainless steel saucepan over LOW heat. Add flour, whisking constantly for 2‐4 mins. Stir in cayenne and season to taste with salt and pepper. Whisk in hot milk, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens. Stir in 2 cups of cheese (1 c cheddar, ½ c Gruyere, ½ c Fontina). Cook, stirring, until cheese melts, about 2 minutes.

Combine pasta and sauce in a large bowl, and season with salt. Sprinkle 1/2 cup mixed cheese, some roasted garlic and bacon crumbles over the bottom of a buttered casserole dish. Place 1/3 of the pasta mixture in the baking dish, top with 1/2 cup of cheese, roasted garlic and bacon, then repeat, layering pasta and cheese, ending with just the cheese, making three layers in all. Pour heavy cream over mac and cheese.

Melt remaining butter in a skillet. Add fresh bread crumbs, coat with melted butter, and sprinkle over macaroni
and cheese.

Bake until crust is golden, about 30 mins. Rest for about 15 mins before serving.

Serves 8.

LASates Note
No fear, we have a simpler version! You can warm the milk without the steeping elements. Cut out the extra types of cheese and use 4 cups of cheddar instead. Replace fresh bread crumbs with panko or dried bread crumbs. You can also forgo the heavy cream.

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