“Real” Mac and Cheese

by in View All Posts, March 4th, 2009

On a recent snowy evening, the Croque Monsieur Mac and Cheese recipe from our Cheese Guide beckoned. Okay, confession time: My normal mac and cheese comes in a box with a packet of powdered cheese. But this recipe is the real deal – you make a creamy béchamel sauce, fold in two cheeses and the pasta, and then bake until it’s hot and bubbly. It’s deceptively simple and it tastes amazing!

So what the heck is a “Croque Monsieur?” I had to look it up. It’s a French ham and cheese sandwich that’s either toasted or dipped in egg and sautéed in butter. This mac and cheese is a playful twist, using the traditional Gruyere cheese and sliced ham. And, for my favorite part, a bread and egg mixture forms a savory bread-pudding-like crust over the top.

For a more calorie-conscious version of Mac and Cheese, check out Ellie’s made-over recipe, part of our Monthly Meal Makeover features. You can also find tips for slimming down this classic dish from HealthyEats.com. Or you can just do what I did: Serve the ooey-gooey full-fat version with a side salad.

- Kirsten, Web Editor

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Comments (2)

  1. Robin Koury says:

    I am HUGE mac & cheese fan and I am constantly on the hunt for new recipes as well as ideas to freshen up older recipes. The Croque Monsieur Mac & Cheese looks delish. Seriously what more can one ask for, gooey cheese, ham, and bread dipped in egg. All I can say is delish and how appropriate for a cold and snowy week here in NY!!

  2. Lana says:

    I admit to making mac n cheese from the blue box too. It’s not “real” food, but it’s quick and fills the belly.

    I’ve only made “real” mac n cheese a few times. It’s such a rich dish! And not something my waistline (well, what waistline I have) will allow with much more frequency than that. But mac n cheese is such a great blank canvas into which several other paired ingredients can go – ham n peas, steak n mushrooms or asparagus, blackened chicken n roasted red peppers, sausage n onions ….
    Yum.

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