Monday, September 17, 2012

Nutmeg is her BFF (Macaroni & Cheese-Greek Yogurt Style)

I saw the following quote months ago as my friend Charles's FB status.  I appreciate really good food humor and of all my FB friends out there, he never disappoints.

"I love making Bechamel. Such and easy sauce, equal parts flour to fat with enough milk and bay leaf to bring it to the right consistency. What a versatile little kitchen slut. She'll go with cheese, dairy, wine, whatever. Nutmeg is her BFF."

Cute right?  I also followed a link of his that led me to a Macaroni & Cheese recipe using FAGE Total Greek Yogurt.  The recipe makes a great cheese sauce and the sauteed onion & red bell pepper lend a slight sophistication in flavor.

Macaroni & Cheese-Greek Yogurt Style
serves:  6
8oz medium shells whole wheat pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, finely diced
1/2 red pepper, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, plus more to butter casserole dish & dot the topping
1 1/2-2 cups whole milk, warmed
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
10 ounces sharp cheddar shredded, plus 1/4 cup shredded for topping
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  1. Bring pot of salted water to a boil.  Add pasta and cook for 6 minutes.  Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
  2. Saute the onion & bell pepper in olive until onions are translucent.  Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees & butter a 2 quart casserole.
  4. Melt 1/2 cup butter in saute pan and add flour, cooking for 2 minutes.  Slowly whisk in the warm milk and 1/2 cup of yogurt, whisking until smooth.  Add nutmeg.  Bring to a low simmer and remove from heat.  Add 10 oz. cheddar and whisk until smooth.  Add remaining yogurt & sriraca.  Toss together pasta, onion/pepper mixture & cheese sauce.  Transfer into prepared casserole.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, toss 1/4 cup cheddar, feta & panko bread crumbs into a small bowl.  Remove casserole from oven and add topping.  Dot with butter.  Return to oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown & bubbling.

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