Oscars at home: The mac-and-cheese recipe to be served to the stars
AFP Relaxnews / 11:29 PM March 04, 2018
Get a taste of Hollywood’s most glamorous night by recreating recipes which will be served to the glitterati that night. When all the awards have been handed out on Sunday night, Hollywood’s best will party at the annual Governors Ball, where celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will preside over his 24th gala dinner.
Here’s one of Puck’s recurring dishes: baked macaroni and cheese.
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Pinch cayenne
2 drops black winter truffle oil (optional)
1 cup fresh brioche or challah bread crumbs
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
Thinly sliced fresh black truffles, for garnish (optional)
Step one: Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add macaroni and cook until al dente, tender but still chewy, about 7 minutes. Drain and transfer to lightly oiled baking pan. Set aside.
Step two: While macaroni cooks, melt 3 tablespoons butter in separate pot over low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes.
Step three: Add milk, chopped truffle, onion, and bay leaf to butter-flour mixture. Raise heat slightly and simmer for 10 minutes, until creamy, stirring regularly. Discard onion and bay leaf. Remove from heat.
Step four: Stir in 3/4 of aged Cheddar along with other cheeses. Season with salt, black pepper, cayenne, and truffle oil if desired. Fold in macaroni. Pour into 2-quart casserole. Top with remaining cheddar.
Step five: Melt remaining butter in sauté pan. Add breadcrumbs and parsley. Toss to coat. Spread crumb mixture evenly over top of macaroni.
Step six: Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven let stand for about 5 minutes. Top with shaved truffle, if desired, before serving. JB