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.
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.
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). 

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.   
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!


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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