Baked Smoked Gouda & Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese

This dish was prepared for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was dairy. I was glad that I was able to use what I learned during the molecular themed week and I do not think I will ever make mac & cheese any other way. The addition of the bread crumbs and baking this makes this even better.

  • Servings: 6-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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This dish was prepared for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was dairy. I was glad that I was able to use what I learned during the molecular themed week and I do not think I will ever make mac & cheese any other way. The addition of the bread crumbs and baking this makes this even

Summary

  • Cuisine: american
  • Cooking Time: 60 mins

Ingredients

1/2 lb Dry Macaroni
1 3/8   Cups Whole Milk
14 g Sodium Citrate
2 1/2 Cups Smoked Gouda
2 1/2 Cups Cheddar Cheese
3 Strips Bacon
4 Tablespoons Butter
1/2 Yellow Onion
to taste Salt
1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
to taste Hot sauce or chili powder

Steps

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook macaroni (about 8 minutes or per package)
  2. Meanwhile, place bacon on a foil lined bacon sheet in an un-preheated oven. Turn the oven to 400 degrees and cook for about 15 minutes (depends on your desired crispiness).
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium pot combine milk and sodium citrate. Whisk to dissolve the sodium citrate. Heat over medium to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium high heat and dice the onion. Saute onion until translucent (3 – 5 minutes).
  5. Add the milk, sodium citrate mixture to a blender and gradually add cheese and blend. When dealing with blending hot liquids, make sure the top of the blender is covered with a towl and the top is vented. Alternatively, you could use an immersion blender.
  6. Drain the macaroni and return to the pot.
  7. Drain bacon on paper towels and chop.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  9. Add bacon, onion, and cheese sauce to macaroni and stir to combine. Add salt if needed. Add entire mixture to a greased casserole dish.
  10. Melt 3 tablespoons in a skillet over medium heat.
  11. Add breadcrumbs and toss to coat.
  12. Top macaroni with breadcrumbs.
  13. Cook in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  14. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve warm.
  15. Top with hot sauce if desired.

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