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Canadian Macaroni And Cheese
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Macaroni & Cheese is one of those comfort food dishes that everyone seems to love. This one is fairly simple, yet can get complex flavors.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • Macaroni
  • 1 Onion
  • 50g Butter
  • 40g Flour
  • 750ml Milk
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • 325g Aged Cheddar
  • 3 Rashers Bacon (or 6 sliced of American bacon)
  • 10ml Vegetable Oil

Note that I use no salt at all, as the combination of cheese and bacon is plenty to salt up the dish. I also use cayenne pepper rather than regular pepper, as it has a bit more flavor. The intent is not to make the dish spicy, however.

Set up

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Cut the bacon in small pieces (1cm x 3cm or 0.5″ x 1.5″).
  3. In a non-stick pan, add the vegetable oil and the bacon.
  4. Turn the heat on medium-high and cook the bacon, stirring occasionally.
  5. When the water boils, pour the macaroni in, and stir well to make sure the pasta doesn’t stick in a lump.
  6. When the bacon is browned, put it to drain on a plate with a paper towel. Note bacon continues cooking, so don’t leave it too late!
  7. Peel the onion, and diced it in small pieces. Set aside.
  8. Grate all the cheese. Set aside.
  9. When the pasta is cooked, drain in a strainer, and rinse quickly with cold water. Finish draining completely.

Preparation

  1. Put the butter in a pan, and melt it on medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and sweat them ’till they turn translucent.
  3. Take the pan off the heat, add the flour, and mix well.
  4. Put the pan back on the heat, and stir the mixture well. It will quickly form a “ball”.
  5. Keep cooking the mix of butter, onion and flour until just before it starts browning.
  6. Take the pan off the heat and add the very cold milk. Let sit 2 or 3 minutes without stirring.
  7. Put the pan back on the heat, stirring gently, until it is simmering.
  8. Add the bay leaf, and cayenne pepper (I use the tip of a paring knife to measure the cayenne)
  9. Let the sauce simmer, stirring gently occasionally for about 10 minutes. It should have thickened considerably by then.
  10. Add about half of the grated cheese to the sauce, and stir well.

Finish

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 180°C (350°F).
  2. Mix the cooked pasta, bacon and sauce together well.
  3. Put the macaroni & cheese in an oven-proof dish.
  4. Put the remaining half of the grated cheese on top of the dish, spreading it evenly.
  5. Place the dish, uncovered, in the oven, and bake until the cheese is melted and has browned.