Sunday, August 14, 2011

Recipe: Famous Dave's Mac n Cheese

 Last week when in Portland, Maine, Jon and I ate at Famous Dave's BBQ. It was a lot of fun and a tasty meal - complete with 5 types of BBQ on the table!
We ordered the BBQ ribs, which were great, but it was the side dish that stole the show.  Dave's Mac n Cheese is made with white cheddar cheese, jalapenos and corn.  It was delicious.  Jon and I loved it and thought it was the best part of a delicious meal....
Then, I found a recipe request on the LA Times for Famous Dave's Mac n Cheese! It turns out that Famous Dave's was willing to share their recipe and I am glad that they did.
As usual, I altered it a bit, to better suit our tastes.. but was surprised by the addition of 2 ingredients that I didn't expect, BBQ sauce and Dijon mustard. (Now, there isn't a lot of BBQ sauce or mustard, just enough to add a subtle layer of flavor.)  And I was surprised at the lack of onion and the lack of garlic!
 This recipe uses a typical roux with the addition of cheese (I think this is called a Mornay sauce.)  You mix up the sauce, add the cooked pasta and top with a bread crumb mixture.  Bake until the mixture is hot and the topping is crispy.  Yum, yum, yum.
Famous Dave's Mac n Cheese - altered for us

16 oz casserole elbow pasta, cooked al dente and drained
Cheese Sauce:
2 T butter
3 T flour
salt and pepper
1 T Dijon mustard
2 T BBQ sauce
2 3/4 cup 2% milk
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cups corn, cut from the cob
4 T chopped jalapenos (more or less to taste)
8 oz shredded cheddar

Topping:
1 cup bread crumbs
3 T melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook pasta according to directions on the box and set aside, drained until ready to use.
Grease a 9"x13" baking pan with cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt 2 T of the butter.  When sizzling add the flour and whisk until smooth.  While mixture is bubbling, sprinkle 2 - 3 pinches of salt and 10 grinds of pepper.  Continue to cook until mixture bubbles for a total of 3 minutes.
Whisk in milk until smooth.  Add the BBQ sauce and the Dijon an whisk until smooth.  Allow mixture to simmer for up to 10 minutes, until it thickens.  Whisk in cheese.  When the cheese is melted, shut off heat.  Add cooked pasta to the sauce.
Stir in corn and jalapenos.  Ad 8 oz shredded cheddar and pour mixture into the greased pan.
In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and the bread crumbs.  Sprinkle on top of the pasta.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes until mixture is bubbly.  Delicious.

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