Mac’n’Cheese’n’Apples

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Mac'n'cheese
remains one of the most beloved comfort foods of the United States,
popular in all quarters, though the trappings may be different based
upon who is making it and who is eating it. I recently put my own
spin on the dish by using five different cheeses and giving it a
seasonal touch with fresh, local Belle de Boskoop apples from
Saratoga Apple. The dish was rather rich, so I served it along side
roast Mack Brook Farm Beef and steamed broccoli, making a quite
comforting autumn meal.

The
recipe that follows reflects a record of what I did. I used cheeses
that I had at hand. They turned out to work quite well, but I have no
doubt that roughly equivalent amounts of similar cheeses and even
other kinds of apples (I like tart) would work out equally well.

Ingredients

Cheeses:

Cabot
Cloth Bound Cheddar 112g

Grafton
Village Extra Sharp Cheddar 110g

LongView
Farms High Rock Cheese 110g

Bayley
Hazen Vermont Blue Cheese 100g

Rembrandt
4 year old aged Gouda 100g

Apple:

Belle
de Boskoop 214g

Liquid:

Laird's
Apple Jack 50g

Heavy
Cream 70g

Butter 4oz.

Pasta

Small
Shells 500g

Combine
butter, cream and cheeses over low heat until melted. Add the apples
which had been cut into small chunks. Cook until tender. Season to
taste then blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Cook the
pasta until al dente, drain and combine with the cheese sauce in a
large casserole dish. Arrange thinly sliced apples across the top of
the casserole. Bake at 325ºF for 20 minutes then broil on high until
apple slices are browned. Serve hot.


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2 Responses to Mac’n’Cheese’n’Apples

  1. Meb Byrne says:

    This sounds delicious!

  2. TOM says:

    MEB… IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!! THE COMBINATION WAS HEAVENLY!!!! THE APPLES GAVE A NICE TWIST TO A TRADITIONAL DISH!! I HAD SECONDS!! ;)!!
    THE APPLES WERE INFUSED INTO THE DISH WITH THE DECORATIVE APPLES ATOP!! ALL WAS GOOD!
    JOHN AND KITTY ARE KNOWLEDGEABLE, INVENTIVE HOME COOKS! WE ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO ENJOY THEIR COMPANY, WINE AND HOSPITALITY!.. DESSERTS TOO!!! LIFE IS GOOD!! TP

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