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Truffle Brie Mac n Cheese

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I went to Sam’s the other day and saw this Brie, I had to buy it!

truffle

I have become addicted to Truffles. For those who do not know what truffles are,  truffle are rare, edible mushroom that is considered a delicacy in many parts of the world. Truffles are among the most expensive of the world’s natural foods and the most valuable of the fungus family. You can find truffle oil and truffle salt in stores. I have never actually seen a whole truffle, just the oil and salt. A little goes a long way so be careful when adding it to a dish.
Uses for Truffle oil or salt:

  • eggs
  • popcorn
  • mashed potatoes
  • deviled eggs
  • truffle salt on French fries ♥
  • pasta
  • google it..ideas are endless
Ugly little things, but so tasty!

Ugly little things, but so tasty!

I started searching for a good recipe to use this Brie in. I found one from The Fifth Time blog,Truffle Brie Mac n Cheese. Seriously, how can this be anything but delicious?

Check out The Fifth Time blog by clicking above. There are some awesome recipes on it…I have a few picked out to try out soon. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

Truffle Brie Mac n Cheese

For the breadcrumbs:

  • 1/2 loaf ciabatta bread (or any bread you have on hand) I used 3 ciabatta rolls that I purchased at Sams
  • 2 4 teaspoons garlic, minced garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 3 tablespoons olive oil
Notes: I had the rolls and wanted to use those up. 3 made a lot of bread crumbs, so I increased the butter, olive oil and hey who doesn’t like a bit more garlic.

For the cheese/ pasta:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 ounces Marscapone cheese (or cream cheese) (I used Marscapone)
  • 1 pound grated Sharp Cheddar ( I used extra sharp)
  • 1 pound grated Monterrey Jack
  • 4 ounces Black Truffle Brie or 4 ounces plain Brie + 3 T truffle oil
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni

For the breadcrumbs: Cube your bread into medium size squares and put it in the food processor for a couple of pulses. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tbsp oil in large skillet overt medium heat. Add garlic and saute for about 1 minute. Add bread crumbs to skillet a stir until crumbs are slightly toasted – about 5 minuets. Set aside. ***I added my whole garlic to the bread in the food processor, then added the bread/garlic to the pan of olive oil and butter.

For the cheese & pasta: Cook the pasta 2 minutes less than the al dente package directions. Make sure to salt your water. Drain and set aside.

In a large saucepan heat butter and olive oil until melted over medium high heat. Next, whisk your flour into the butter and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Slowly add cream and milk whisking in between to make sure there are no lumps. Bring mixture to a simmer and whisk until desired thickness (close to pancake batter). Remove from heat. Add grated cheese & marscapone and mix until melted. Season with salt & pepper. If using truffle oil – add this to the cheese mixture.

Stir in drained, cooked pasta to the cheese mixture. Transfer to a baking dish and top with sliced brie cheese & then sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Truffle Brie Mac n Cheese

Truffle Brie Mac n Cheese

Yep, I am having a big scoop of that for lunch, after I run 3 miles 😉

Relish Food & Life!

Poblano Mac n Cheese

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These last 2 weeks have been a sad one. A friends 21 year old son lost his 2 year battle with Cancer. He started writing poems during his battle. They read several of them at his funeral. I want to share this one with you.

A new meaning of Thanksgiving

I used to think Thanksgiving was for my

Family to get together and eat pumpkin pie

Watch football games on the TV

And then take a nap around 3

This past year however I have found out

There are many more things to be thankful about

I thank God for my family, my life, and my friends

The people on who I can always depend on

I thank Him for mornings and thank Him for nights

And thank Him for giving me the courage to fight

the cancer I’ve had for nearly one year

And the bravery to not live in fear

So when you sit down to your Thanksgiving feast

Bow your head and say at least

“Thanks for my health, and thanks for this food”

And one last thing before I conclude.

Say a prayer for those less fortunate than you

So that they may have a good Thanksgiving too.

~Matthew

 
At Book Club last month we had to bring a sinful dish. I am more of a savory person than a sweet one. After thinking about if a while, I decided on something with pasta, cheesy and with a little spice. Poblano Mac n Cheese. This recipe was another find on Pinterest, which led me to Nutmeg Granny’s Blog.

Poblano Macaroni and Cheese

2 Poblano chiles
8 oz. elbow pasta
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cloves of minced garlic
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups grated white cheddar
1/2 cup Cotija cheese (I could not find this, so I substituted with Queso Fresco Cheese)

Roast the poblano chilies under the broiler until blackened, about 5 minutes per side. Place the chiles in a paper sack or plastic food-storage bag, close it tightly, and let the for 20 minutes. Take the chiles out of the bag and rub off the skin. Take the chiles out of the bag and rub off the skin. Remove the stem and seeds and chop the chiles into 1-inch long pieces.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook according to your package’s directions ad then drain the pasta. (You want the pasta to be cooked but not mushy; cook for 5 minutes.)

Preheat the oven to 375. Grease a large baking dish or a large cast-iron skillet, and pour the drained pasta into the dish.

In a pot (you can use the pot the pasta cooked in or you can do this while the pasta boils), on low heat melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the flour and cook until a light brown, toasty paste is formed, about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and stir until it’s thickened a bit but still fluid, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the mustard powder, cayenne, cumin, lime zest, cilantro, and chopped poblano chiles. Adjust seasonings and add salt and black pepper.

Slowly add half of the cheddar cheese and stir until it’s melted and well combined into the sauce. (If the sauce has cooled too much and the cheese won’t melt, return the pot to low heat on the stove seems a little thick return it to the stove until soft again. If however, the sauce gets too thick, like a custard, you can thin it by stirring in milk, a teaspoon at a time.) Pour sauce over pasta and top with the remaining half of the cheddar cheese and bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until brown and bubbling. Sprinkle with Cotija cheese, and serve immediately.

Ingredient Line Up.

Roast your poblanos under the broiler.

After they are charred until the broiler. Place in a bag for 15 minutes. Then ready to peel off skin.

I got all my ingredients ready before I started the cheese sauce.

including grating the white cheddar cheese.

Get your pasta cooking in boiling water. In the meantime Melt butter and add garlic. Cook for one minute.

Whisk in flour.

Then whisk in the milk.

Remove pot from heat and then stir in the mustard powder, cayenne, cumin, lime zest, cilantro and chopped poblano peppers. Add salt and pepper.

I then put it back on the heat on very low. Slowly add half of the cheddar and stir until it is melted and well combined into the sauce. I did have to thin it a bit with some milk. Oh, that is looking yummy!

Pour sauce on top of noodles.

Sprinkle the other half of the white cheddar cheese. Pop it into the oven.

Top with queso fresco or cojita cheese. I turned off the oven and popped it back in few a minutes.

Poblano Mac n Cheese! Sinful!

I wish each one of you a blessed Thanksgiving filled with family and friends.

~Relish Food & Especially Life!