Friday, April 3, 2009

Mac & Blue Cheese for One

I had a bunch of wonderful blue cheese, St. Pete's Select from Fairbault, MN, leftover from last weekend's beer tasting so I decided to make myself some Mac & Blue Cheese with it. Blue Cheese really dresses up a basic mac & cheese by adding a sharp, tangy flavor. I would have liked to have put some caramelized onions in this but I didn't have any onions in the house so, I tried caramelizing some shallots. They just didn't get that same sweet flavor onions get from slow cooking so I left them out.
#88 - Mac & Blue Cheese
This is not really much different than my Grown Up Macaroni & Cheese recipe I've shared in the past but I thought it thought it was worth sharing the directions for making a single serving. I don't know about you but the times I'm eating alone are often the times I crave some good comfort food.

Mac & Blue Cheese for One

3 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked & drained
1 t unsalted butter
2 t all-purpose flour
1/4 c milk
2 T half & half
1.5 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
1 oz blue cheese, grated or crumbled
pinch of dry mustard
salt & pepper
panko

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the flour & stir while cooking for 1 minute, do not let it brown. Slowly whisk in the milk & half & half. Stir until smooth & slightly thickened, about a minute. Turn the heat to low & add the cheese. Stir until melted. Season with the dry mustard, salt & pepper.

Mix the cheese sauce with the cooked macaroni. Spoon into a two cup ramekin. Sprinkle the top with panko. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until the cheese is bubbly & the top is golden brown.

1 serving

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10 comments:

Dawn said...

Nothing quite like the taste of blue cheese in mac & cheese. A must in our household.
Love this!

Kasey said...

Wow, I love the idea of adding blue cheese to the regular version. I recently bought some quinoa elbows--wonder if I could use them in this recipe?

Lori said...

That certainly is comfort food. I too like the idea of blue cheese in the mac and cheese. Perk it up a bit.

Karen Brown Letarte said...

Mmmmmmmm! Yummy! I never thought of adding bleu cheese to mac and cheese, but I bet it's delicious!

Thanks for sharing your recipe for one!

:) K

Dragon said...

Now this is my kind of mac and cheese!

Giff said...

can never ever ever ever have enough mac n cheese (at least, the grown up versions!)

Foodycat said...

Caramelised onions and blue cheese are what I put in a very, very special mac & cheese. Well done for treating yourself while Matt is away!

Grace said...

um...one serving of this would in no way be sufficient. :)

Deborah said...

I've always wanted to try blue cheese in a mac and cheese - this one sounds wonderful!

Peter M said...

I adore mac n cheese and adding some blue into the mix is quite fine by me!

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