It’s almost Christmas, New Year’s and 2019! Before we get there, we can’t forget about Thanksgiving. Although ignored in the holiday songs and decoration world, Thanksgiving is a day to remember our roots, and give thanks for all that we have in our lives. The most common way to do that is a huge Thanksgiving day meal. Sweet potatoes, turkey, an assortment of vegetables and pies, all to celebrate this one day we get to spend together.
If you’re looking to up the ante a little with your Thanksgiving menu, try the Wood Stone “Not Your Mama’s Mac & Cheese.” This macaroni and cheese will be sure to give the little ones (and adults!) the side dish they’ll be dreaming about until the following year. Using your Wood Stone Oven, you can make this dish easily and quickly with minimal effort. Check out the recipe below!
Not Your Momma’s Mac & Cheese
Comfort food for the adult who still loves mac & cheese, this sophisticated macaroni is baked in a stone hearth oven with pancetta, white wine, and three cheeses. A rich, delicious spin on a childhood favorite.
2 pts. water
4 Tbsp. salt
4 cups large elbow macaroni
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1⁄4 cup pancetta, diced
3⁄4 cup yellow onion, minced
2 ea. bay leaves
1⁄2 tsp. chili pepper flakes
1⁄2 cup white wine
4 cups whole milk
2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1⁄2 cup gruyere cheese, shredded
1 cup gouda cheese, shredded
1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
3⁄4 cup bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1⁄8 cup parsley, chopped
Oven Temperature: 570-600 degrees
In a medium pot, bring the salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until al denté, about 5 minutes. Strain the noodles and set them aside to cool.
Add the olive oil to a large sauté pan. Place the pan in the searing/sauté zone until the oil is hot. Add the pancetta and cook until the pancetta has color and is a bit crispy. Add the onions, bay leaves, chili pepper flakes, and wine, and sauté until the onions are softened and the wine is reduced by half.
Add the milk and return the pan to the searing/sauté zone. Bring to a slow boil. Lightly coat the shredded cheese with flour. Slowly add the cheese mixture to the milk mixture, stirring until completely melted.
Combine the macaroni and cheese mixture in a large cazuela or similar oven-safe baking pan. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, butter, and parsley. Top the macaroni with the bread crumb mixture.
Bake in the raw landing zone until the cheese sauce is bubbling and the bread crumbs are nicely browned. If the bread crumbs become too dark, put foil over the top of the dish. Remove from the oven and serve
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