Dish of the Day: The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Chilli Guac Mac ‘N’ Cheese
Mac ‘n’ Cheese is a definite family favourite and this recipe is taking it to the next level. The combination of the hot jalapeños, creamy cheese sauce and crispy topping improves this already perfect dish. Don’t feel the guilt just get involved.
Preparation Time – 10/15 minutes
Cooking Time – 20 minutes
400g of Macaroni Pasta – Cook as per instructions in boiling water for 12/15 minutes
100g of Pickled jalapenos
Handful of coriander – Finely chopped
White and black pepper
60g of Butter
Sprinkle of Rock salt
Large teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 Bay leaf
Generous amount of white and black pepper
3 Tablespoons of plain flour
600 ml of Semi-skimmed milk
250g of Vegetarian mature cheddar style cheese – Grated
150g of Vegetarian Parmesan style cheese – Finely grated
1 Hass Avocado – Ripe and mashed
2 Tablespoons of pickled jalapenos – Finely chopped
2 Garlic cloves – Crushed and finely chopped
Sprinkle of rock salt
Sprinkle of white pepper
2 limes – Juiced
Small handful of chopped coriander
Start by boiling a large pan of water, add the macaroni and stir thoroughly to ensure the pasta doesn’t stick. Continue to do this every few minutes while the pasta cooks. Cook until the pasta is al dente (still has a slight crunch to it).
Get started on the cheese sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan then once melted add in the flour and stir until it forms a paste. Next add in the seasoning, Dijon mustard and bay leaf and mix well. Once all thoroughly combined start to gradually add in the milk, continually stirring as you go until you’ve used up all the milk and are left with a thick creamy sauce. At this point you can add in the jalapenos and coriander plus half your grated cheddar and a quarter of your parmesan, saving the rest for the top of the macaroni. Once combined transfer to ovenproof small dishes or one large one and cover with the remaining cheese and extra black pepper. Grill for 5/7 minutes until golden and crisp.
For the Chilli Guac topping combine all the ingredients as listed and serve a large dollop the mixture on top of every serving.
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