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The snow is falling, the temperatures are dropping, and aside from curling up in a plush blanket to re-watch Lindsay Lohan’s new Christmas movie, all we want to do is tuck into our favorite cozy comfort foods. But it’s the holiday season, so our usual box of Annie’s white cheddar mac and cheese just won’t cut it. We want something special and, dare we say, exquisite to satisfy our cravings. Ina Garten, author Modern comfort food, knows everything about this difficult situation. Luckily, she’s got some jazzy macaroni and cheese recipes for when your cravings coincide with holiday entertaining, and her “grown-up” mac and cheese can be a delicious option.
Garten shared the recipe on an episode of her show Barefoot Contessa. It starts as a classic, made with macaroni and cheese, topped with a creamy béchamel sauce. He adds gruyere and cheddar cheese, but then comes the first silver lining of subtle flavor – Garten adds Roquefort, a type of blue cheese, to the sauce. Sorry kids, it’s a band No for you.
It doesn’t stop there. Crispy bacon bits add a savory, smoky flavor to the mac’s attack. You can even use crispy prosciutto if you want to up the sophistication ante a bit, although the smoky flavor won’t be as pronounced.
Garten’s final touch is a bacon and Roquefort macaroni and cheese dish with homemade basil breadcrumbs.
To make things really easy, you can even make the macaroni and cheese ahead of time. Refrigerate overnight after dusting the dish with breadcrumbs, then place in the oven to reheat the next day when you’re ready to eat.
Leave it to Ina Garten to show us how to turn our most basic food cravings into something impressive enough to serve up to company!
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