I wanna be Lobster Mac N Cheese

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One of the all time classic side dishes is Macaroni and Cheese or as it is more commonly referred to “Mac N Cheese”. Now this college dorm room staple has been around for decades because it is inexpensive to buy and very easy to make…… as long as you can boil water you can make store-bought Mac N Cheese. My big issue with store-bought Mac N Cheese, however, is that it lacks substance and flavour and I just find it unappealing so I set out to find a scratch made version.

My search of the Internet revealed that 98% of all Mac N Cheese recipes have one thing in common— they all start with a basic Bechamel sauce. What sets them apart are the different cheeses that are added and the proteins such as bacon, ground beef, ground chicken, shrimp and even lobster. Since I eat a lot of bacon and chicken as it is and seafood has gotten expensive I took a peek in my grocers seafood section to see if I could find an alternative because I really wanted to use some kind of seafood in my Mac N Cheese. What I settled on was—- Lobster flavoured Pollock and before you question my sanity let me tell you that it is really not that bad…. and this from a guy who would not give you a dime for a train load of lobster….. and now you can see why I named this post “I wanna be Lobster Mac N Cheese”.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping list:

  • One package Cavatappi- I like the corkscrew noodle. It holds the sauce better
  • 4 Cups milk
  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 Package Lobster flavoured Pollock (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 Cup each of Mascarpone, Gruyere and Fontina
  • 2/3 Cup Panko (optional)

Putting it all together:

  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water cook the Cavatappi as per the package instructions
  2. In a medium saucepan heat the milk until just simmering.
  3. In a second medium saucepan melt the butter and add the flour stirring until you get a Roux (paste) but don’t let it brown
  4. Slowly add the hot milk to the roux whisking until smooth. It will initially be quite thick but will thin out as milk is added- BTW…. you have just made a Bechamel
  5. Blend in the cheese to the Bechemal a little bit at a time so it won’t clump
  6. Brake up the Pollock into medium-sized chunks and add to the cheese sauce
  7. Drain the pasta and toss with the cheese sauce
  8. Spoon the Mac N Cheese into individual serving dishes.
  9. If using the Panko, add the Panko to some melted butter and sprinkle on the Mac N Cheese.
  10. Place in a 350 degree oven until the Panko is nice and toasty brown… 5 to 10 minutes
  11. Serve with your favourite main dish or enjoy on its own

There you have it. Another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond”

Until next time……….

                     Bon Appetit

 

 

The ultimate mashed potatoes

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These days everyone is looking for an edge in order to make life simpler and easier whether it’s buying or selling a house, a faster and easier way to cut the lawn or how not to get caught cheating on your Income Tax….. okay that last one is a throw away ’cause we all know no one ever cheats on their Income Tax (wink wink nudge nudge).

Well Chefs/cooks are no different especially when the economy gives the general public more disposable income so they can afford to go out to eat more often. When I was working as a prep cook last year I learned this particular recipe and I have decide I am going to add it to my arsenal of side dishes that can be made quickly and still taste awesome AND can be made ahead and frozen for future dinners.

Ingredients:

One 2 pound bag of pre-made mashed potatoes or about 8 medium sized Yukon Gold- peeled and diced (dicing them helps them to cook faster)

One package of softened plain Cream Cheese

One package Lobster Flavored Pollock (I use this because I don’t like Lobster but somehow I like this—- Go figure)

3 to 4 ounces of Chives

2 teaspoons chopped Garlic

Method:

In a large Stainless Steel bowl mix all ingredients until well incorporated and smooth.

Place in a large re-seal able bag and lay flat in the freezer. Laying it flat will take up less space.

If you are using the potatoes right away there is no harm no foul in heating them in the microwave and then adding them to whatever dish you have made.

 

So there you have it another “simple but tasty dish for the grilling season and beyond”

Until next time…………….

                                                    Bon Apettite