#TrickMyDish: Garlic Parmesan Macaroni & Cheese

 

Hamburg, NY-- 2 On Your Side's chef-turned-reporter Joshua Robinson tackles the ever-popular Garlic Parmesan Macaroni & Cheese for #TrickMyDish, with help from Heather Myers of Hamburg. Check out Heather’s recipe, along with Joshua’s “tricks” so you can try the recipe yourself:

 

Original Garlic Parmesan Mac & Cheese

 

1 lb pasta (any)

1 1/2 tbsp butter

2/3 cup panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup flour

4 cloves garlic (crushed)

4 1/2 cup milk

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp chicken bouillon powder

3/4 cup cheddar cheese

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

6 oz mozzarella cheese

salt

pepper
 

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“Tricked Out” Garlic Parmesan Mac & Cheese

 

1 lb pasta (any)

 

1 1/2 tbsp butter

2/3 cup panko bread crumbs

 

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup flour

4 cloves garlic (oven-roasted)

3 cups milk

1 1/2 cup amber or octoberfest beer

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 cup gruyere cheese

1 full pack of bacon

salt

pepper

 

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Melt 2 tbsp butter in a pan skillet. Add panko crumbs and heat in oven 10-15 minutes, until brown. Set aside.

Separate 4 cloves of garlic; wrap in foil approximately 20-30 minutes, until garlic is soft.

Sear bacon in a pan; once you’ve separated the bacon, you can use the bacon fat later in the ‘roux’ later on in place of butter.

While crumbs and garlic are cooking, cook pasta in pot of boiling water; season the water ‘as salty as the sea.’ Once pasta is cooked, strain out and cool under water to prevent further cooking. (Some people disagree with rinsing off the pasta, as it removes flavored water:  you will have plenty of seasoning in the sauce to make up for it.)

Melt ¼ cup butter in a pot until melted. Add flour, mix until together; should be moist in the pot, add more butter, oil, or fat if too dry. (This is called the ‘roux.’) Cook for 30 seconds-1 minute; whisk in milk and beer until  and cook on high heat until roux is completely dissolved; once it reaches a boil, turn off heat for now.

Immediately mix in shredded, diced, or cubed cheeses, and mix until totally melted.* Mix in chopped garlic and half of the bacon.

Spread pasta out in a pan and pour sauce on top, completely coating it; stir pasta into the sauce as needed.

Mix other half of bacon into the bread crumbs and pour over the top of the pasta. Let cook for another 10-15 minutes. Serve immediately.

*The cheese measurements are very loose; it’s a good idea to prepare extra cheese, and keep adding more to taste.

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