How to make it

  • Making the Infused half & half: Scald, then simmer the half & half with saffron and onion.
  • Making the Roux: Heat butter in skillet and when it’s hot, add flour. Stir constantly. When finished, it should be a pale tan, have a nutty smell, and be the look of wet sand.
  • Making Roux into Bechamel: Slowly stream in infused half & half while whisking constantly. As soon as you add the first bit of liquid, it’ll look like it’s seizing but don’t worry! The lumps will get incorporated if you keep whisking. When you’re finished adding your liquid you should have a smooth, moderately thickened sauce.
  • Making the Bechamel into Cheesy Bechamel: Add cheddar cheese and asiago 1/4c at a time, stirring very well.
  • Finishing the Sauce: Mix in Dijon and Demi Glace if using. Stir until well incorporated. Test for seasoning! Add salt/pepper if necessary.
  • Making the Topping: Mix the 1 Tbs melted butter, bread crumbs and 1/4 cup asiago. It’s kind of hard with breading, but do your best to taste to see if the seasoning needs to be adjusted
  • Prepping the Dish: Line bottom of your baking dish with chorizo rounds
  • Making Mac and Cheese: Fold the cheese sauce into the macaroni, and turn into baking dish.
  • Top it: Evenly sprinkle your topping over the mac and cheese
  • Bake at 350 until the topping is golden brown, about 30 min
  • Tips: If you’ve never made a bechamel sauce before, there’s a couple of things you should keep in mind. You’ll end up with a bloody mess if you don’t keep your infused dairy hot while waiting to add it to the roux, or if you let your roux cool down before adding the dairy. Your best bet is to strain the infusion and keep it over low-medium heat, start the roux immediately, and when it’s finished, slowly stream the hot half & half in immediately without taking it off of the heat while whisking constantly. If the lumps don’t go away, crank up the heat a bit and continue to whisk. If they don’t go away after that, you’ve probably shocked the starches and you’ve got to start over. Sorry:-(
  • Before you start the actual cooking, get your cookware and ingredients together and do all of your chopping, grading, mixing etc. This way, when you’re doing the actual cooking, you can concentrate on the actual cooking. The French call this “mise en place”, which basically translates to “everything in it’s place”. With these instructions, I’m assuming that you’ve: - Chopped the onion - Grated the cheese - Boiled the Macaroni to just under al dente - Sliced the chorizo into rounds, and lightly sauteed - Melted the butter for the topping

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  • neena51 10 years ago
    mmmmmm delicious!!
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  • yomomma 10 years ago
    This is a keeper for sure, and thanks for the cooking tips.
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