Crispy Greens Mac & Cheese

This is a great way to pack some crispy green veggies into a flavourful gouda-based mac and cheese.

CRISPY GREENS MAC & CHEESE

 

Crispy Greens Mac & Cheese

Yield: 10-12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (500 g) macaroni
  • ½ cup (125 mL) butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ½ cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) cornstarch
  • 4 cups (1 L) whole milk
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 35% whipping cream
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Srirracha hot sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground nutmeg
  • 7 cups (1.75 L) medium Gouda, grated
  • 1¾ cups (425 mL) Smoked Gouda, grated
  • 3½ oz (100 g) Blue Cheese, crumbled
  • Topping
  • 2 cups (500 mL) kale, stemmed, torn
  • 1 cup (250 mL) brussels sprouts, shaved
  • 1 cup (250 mL) florets broccoli, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • ½ tsp (5 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 cup (250 mL) aged Gouda, grated
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Butter a 13 x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish. In large pot of boiling, salted water, cook macaroni for half the time directed on package. Drain and cool under cold water; set aside.
  2. In large pot, melt butter over medium heat; add onion and sauté for 2 minutes or until softened. Stir in flour and cornstarch; cook, stirring until smooth. Gradually stir in milk and cream; cook, stirring until smooth and thickened, about 7 minutes. Add mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, pepper, and nutmeg. Remove from heat; slowly stir in Medium and Smoked Gouda and Blue cheeses. Stir in macaroni. Pour into prepared dish; set aside.
  3. Topping
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). In large bowl, toss together kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, oil, salt, and pepper; spread evenly over a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10 min or until greens are wilted.
  5. In medium bowl, combine, cheese, breadcrumbs and butter; stir in greens and sprinkle over macaroni. Place baking dish on rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20 min or until bubbly and golden.
http://www.localparent.ca/local_parent/food/pasta/crispy-greens-mac-cheese/

 

 

Recipe and photo courtesy The Grate Canadian Cheese Cook-Off

Author: Andrew Farrell, 2 Doors Down

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