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Recipes

Apple Beer Mac & Cheese

BT Calgary | posted Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016

Mac&CheeseCourtesy Chef Nicole Gomes

This easy gourmet macaroni and cheese is a favourite! The sweetness of the apples and addition of the sharp beer really add a new dimension. You can fancy it up even further by adding your morning’s leftover bacon or last night’s roast ham.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: about 30 minutes
Baking time: 45 minutes
Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 1/2 strong IPA beer
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

 

Pasta Apple Cheese Layer

  • 3 cups mini lamaconi or elbow pasta
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 cups peeled and grated Golden Delicious apples (about 3 large)
  • 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs, toasted
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups lightly packed shredded Black River Medium Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup lightly packed shredded Canadian Muenster cheese
  • 1 cup lightly packed shredded lightly packed shredded Gunn’s Hill Five Brothers cheese
  • 1 cup lightly packed shredded Sylvan Star Canadian Smoked Gouda Cheese
  • 1 cup lightly packed shredded Canadian Raclette Cheese

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a large pot, melt butter on medium-high heat. add flour and bay leaf and whisk until smooth; cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Whisk in milk in a slow steady stream.
  4. Whisk until smooth; bring to boil.
  5. Reduce heat and summer, whisking constantly, until thick enough to coat spoon, about 8 to 12 minutes.
  6. Turn off heat. Whisk in creme fraiche, beer, mustard, salt, and nutmeg.
  7. Remove and discard bay leaf.

 

Pasta Apple Cheese layer:

  1. In large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta 3 minutes under the package directions. Drain and rinse light. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in medium skillet, melt butter on medium heat. Add apples and any accumulated juices; saute until soft, about 2 minutes. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs and oil; set aside.
  3. Spread one-half of the pasta in 13X9 – inch glass baking dish. Pour one-half of the sauce, top with one-half each of the Cheddar, Muenster, Five Brothers, Smoked Gouda and Raclette cheeses. Top with one-half of the apples and stir lightly. Repeat with remaining pasta, sauce, cheeses and apples; stir lightly. Springkle evenly with reserved breadcrumb mixture on top.
  4. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake uncovered until hot, breadcrums are light golden brown and edges are bubbling – about 45 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Enjoy!
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