The ultimate mac and cheese
Mac and Cheese
- 8 oz macaroni 1/2 of a 1pound box
- 4 Tbs butter
- 4 Tbs flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup cream
- 1/2 tsp salt
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 2 cups good quality shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
- 2 Tbs Butter
The first step is to set up your mise-en-place. Shred your cheese, measure out the ingredients and get them ready to go in small bowls. Add the salt and pepper to the flour and set near the stove. Measure out the butter, cream and milk and set near the stove in separate bowls. Once you get this process going you will want to keep stirring so having the ingredients ready is a must. I like to use some small bowls to do this. I know that you can get them pampered chef or I like these ones from Libbey. At this time also start to boil water for the macaroni. Also butter a medium sized baking dish. I use a 15oz oval corningware baking dish.
Once you have your mise-en-place ready it is time to start. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water starts boiling, add the macaroni to the water and cook according to the package instructions. Remember, you only need 8oz of macaroni. Most macaroni is sold in 16oz boxes.
In a large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Then add the flour mixture to the butter. Whisk until combined. Then continue to cook for 2 minutes, continually whisking.
Then pour in the milk and cream. Continue to whisk. Bring to a boil. Once at a boil, reduce and simmer for 10 minutes.
Whisk in the cheese and continue to cook on low for 5 minutes. Make sure to continue to stir.
Add the cooked and drained macaroni to the cheese mixture and stir.
Pour the mixture into the buttered baking dish.
Melt two tablespoons of butter in the microwave and pour over the bread crumbs. Mix thoroughly and then pour the breadcrumbs over the top of the macaroni and cheese.
Place the macaroni and cheese in the 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
Remove and serve.
Adapted from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook