We're having some people, and their kids (under 10) over for dinner.
I have an absolutly decadent mac and cheese recipe that I want to serve for the universality of it, but am not sure what to serve with it. We don't eat it often, but when we do it's a main course. However, I still think of it as a side. Would something on the grill work--maybe chicken or salmon? Maybe a protean heavy salad (like chicken caesar or something?)
It's not super hot here, but warmish.
thanks for any ideas!!
ps. I suppose I should share the mac and cheese recipe. The cheese called for is from Northen CA, but now that I've moved to WA, I'm not sure I can find it. I need to find a sub Just a warning--this is a heart attack on a plate--don't say I didn't warn you
Fiscalini's Three Cheese "Grown Up" Macaroni
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup Panko (Asian) Bread crumbs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups EACH heavy cream and milk
1-1/4 pounds coarsely grated Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar Cheese
1/2 pound coarsely grated Fiscalini San Joaquin Gold Cheese
1/4 pound coarsely grated Fiscalini Whole Milk Parmesan Cheese
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salk and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked al dente (add a bit of olive oil to cooking water, to prevent sticking)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat or spray inside of a 3 quart casserole baking dish with olive oil. Set aside.
Melt 1/4 stick of butter in large saucepan. Add breadcrumbs and stir until thoroughly coated. Transfer breadcrumbs to bowl. Wipe out saucepan with paper towel, being careful not to burn your fingertips. Place back on low heat and melt remaining butter until it begins to bubble. Whisk in flour, stirring about 3 minutes. In another saucepan, scald cream and milk; slowly pour into flour mixture, whisking until well blended. Continue whisking until sauce is smooth and begins to thicken (8 - 10 minutes). Remove from heat.
Mix three cheeses together with cayenne, salt and black pepper. Add about 3/4 cheese mixture to saucepan, stirring until cheese is melted. Add cooled macaroni to sauce. Taste to check if seasoning is correct. Pour into prepared casserole; top with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake 30 minutes or until bubbling. If top doesn't turn golden brown, place under broiler - watch carefully - to finish crust. Let casserole sit about 10 minutes before serving. Servers 10 to 12.