Mac n Cheese n Bechamel n Cake n Chocolates

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This past weekend FIG catered a 40th birthday party with some unique buffet hors d’oeuvres. One of the highlights was a hors d’oeuvre that we are known for, Macaroni and Cheese Spoons. A bite sized portion of the yummy favorite that is far from what you would find in a blue box. A guest at the event told me that her kids loved mac n cheese and had only eaten the “real” version once, and they loved it. So, I told her I would post a recipe on my blog, it is below.

The event had two other highlights, a custom cake and chocolates provided by Flour. The cake was adorned with a culmination of life landmarks held close to the heart of the birthday boy. A giant New Balance shoe. NY, Boston and Chicago Marathon Logos. A “finish” line banner. Golf club and balls. A Mini Frisbee. And to top it off the entire outside was made to resemble the facade of Boston College, the alma mater of Mr.40. And what I thought was the coolest thing of the night, individual custom chocolates that had a announcement of a baby that was soon to be. All of the the guests were blown away when at the end of the night when they found out the hosts were expecting via chocolate.

It was a great event and everyone had a blast. Enjoy your cheesy noodles.

Real Macaroni N’ Cheese

1# Cooked Elbow or Corkscrew Pasta

Béchamel:
4T. Unsalted Butter
3T. All Purpose Flour
2C. Milk
2T. Salt
½ Spanish Onion (Small Dice)
1 Clove Garlic (minced)
1 Bay leaf
Pinch of Nutmeg
Hot Sauce

1 C. Sharp Cheddar (grated)
¼ C. Parmesan (grated fine)
¼ C. Aged Goat Cheese (broken into tiny chunks)

Place a medium sauce pan on a medium flame and melt the butter. Once melted add onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until the onions become translucent. Then add your flour and stir until a paste is made at the bottom of the pan. Then add the milk, bay leaf, nutmeg and hot sauce. Stir until everything is combined and bring to a simmer. Once simmering the sauce should thicken. You want the texture to be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Once thickened, remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. This will allow all of the flavors to marry. Then pass the sauce through a fine mesh strainer into a large mixing bowl that has your cheese in it. Combine the cheese with the sauce and then season with salt and pepper to taste. Once finished you can place into a shallow container and cool for future use or you can add it to your cooked noodles and enjoy right away. I like to combine it with the noodles, add some broccoli and crispy bacon and place into a baking pan and top with a layer of more cheddar. Then cover it and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. If you want to go all the way, once it is finished in the oven uncover it and place it under the broiler for 3 minutes or until a yummy golden crust appears. Cover with some buttered bread crumbs and let the family or guest devour.

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