Truffle Mac n Cheese

While I’m becoming more and more of a foodie, I still have some guilty pleasures, most notably Cheetos and the blue box macaroni and cheese. There is something about the electric orange fake cheese that gets me every time.  Unfortunately, I married a man who despises electric orange fake cheese and won’t help me eat any of it.  For the longest time I thought Dan just hated macaroni and cheese, not that he didn’t like the boxed stuff.
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Once we uncovered that his aversion was just to the fake stuff I decided that I needed to make it from scratch.  However, I was intimidated by the amount of time it would take to make it from scratch instead of from a box, and so like many things, I put it off.
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It wasn’t until I came across this recipe from Melissa Clark that I realized that maybe homemade mac n cheese wasn’t so hard after all.  The longest part of the process was the shredding of the cheese (I used a micro plane to make sure the cheese was shredded finely and to help the cheese melt) and the boiling of the water.  Instead of heavy cream I used some half and half (we didn’t have any milk in the house or else I would have used that). 
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At the last minute I decided to replicate the dish I had at Rack and Rye and add some truffle oil.  I thought that I had added the perfect amount, but Dan thought it was a little overpowering.   
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I have to agree with Melissa Clark and say that this recipe took the same, if not less, time than the boxed stuff.  I think I am converted!  Next time you are craving the blue box step away and try this out at home.

Recipe Link
 Easy Mac n Cheese from Melissa Clark

Have you converted a packaged comfort food into a homemade treat?  If so, leave a link in the comments!

5 comments:

Sally MacKenzie said...

Dan's problem with the blue box mac and cheese might have something to do with the fact that it was Matt's favorite meal.

Amanda said...

I don't think I'll ever rid myself of my love of fake cheese. I'm getting better about the shame aspect of it though :-) This recipe looks ridiculously good, and reminds me I need to break down and get some truffle oil.

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum said...

This is to die for.... Mmmmmm!! Recently I was at a restaurant that served a mini appetizer of popcorn with truffle salt. I had never even heard of truffle salt before then! But it was amazing! What is it about truffles??

Gordon said...

Wow are you ever a good cook. Jealous much

Rosemary Church said...

I really have a weakness for macaroni and cheese. It is hard to keep myself from feeling hungry at work specially when I see pictures such as these!

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