Oscars Dinner – Mac & Cheese

  • Recipe(s): Macaroni Cheese (page 67)
  • Prep: Easy
  • Taste: Average
  • So, it is Sunday night, the Oscars are on tv and you celebrated a friend’s birthday the night before – what type of meal would you make? If your answer is, comfort food, you are the same as us. After a quick search through the cookbook I came across the recipe for homemade Mac & Cheese and the decision was made.

    After a quick trip to the gym (the recipe has 4 types of cheese) I stopped at Urban Fare in the Olympic Village. As mentioned, the recipe has 4 types of cheese, one of which I had never heard of before. I figured that Urban Fare would know what I was looking for and I was right. The cheese in question was Fontina, which they carried the dutch variety. I also picked up the parmesan, buffalo mozzarella and mascarpone there, along with the macaroni. It seemed the only ingredients I had at home were the butter and oregano, which was left over from the chicken dish we made on Saturday.

    The prep for this recipe was extremely easy. All you have to do is boil the pasta, fry off the oregano in butter, mix this with the cooked pasta, add in 3 of the cheeses and mix it all until you have a nice smooth sauce coating each tiny piece of pasta. Once this is achieved you transfer it all to an ovenproof pan (I used french onion soup bowls), grate some nutmeg over the top and add the buffalo mozzarella and remaining parmesan to the top. Bake for 10 minutes, broil for 30 seconds and boom, your dinner is ready.

    The list of ingredients is what drew me to this recipe. You can never really go wrong with 4 cheeses and pasta but for some reason they didn’t work for me or my partner. The dish seemed bland, like it was missing something. How could this happen? I even checked the recipe to ensure I didn’t miss any ingredients. We both felt that it would have benefited from a sharper cheese, like cheddar or something similar. Even a red chili would have enhanced the dish substantially, which is something I may try if I were to make this again.

    I do not know if I would make this dish again but if you choose to make something similar I would suggest a cheese that will add some punch!

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