Friday, 25 June 2010
Poor old Todd . . . First I torture him with Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pie . . . and then I torture him with Pasta.
Poor old Todd . . . altogether now . . . awwwwwwww . . . *sniff *sniff
It's a sad old life it is . . . made to eat yucky things like Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pie . . .
And pasta . . . in the form of the gooiest, scrummiest macaroni and cheese . . .
Topped with delicious burgers, sliced tomatoes, fried bacon and cheesy bread crumbs . . .
Poor old Todd. Didn't stop him from having two helpings though . . .
*Note* . . . no husbands were injured in the creation of this post. Any semblence to real life torture is only in his mind. Truly he did not suffer all too much.
*Cheeseburger Double Cheese Macaroni and Cheese*
This double-cheese macaroni with tasty burgers on top will win you over. Under the crispy crumb topping is a robust, creamy blend of ingredients. Spring onions give it a tasty zing!!
2 ounces butter (1/4 cup)
45g flour (1/3 cup)
750ml milk (3 cups)
10 ounces strong cheddar cheese, grated (2 1/2 cups)
75g freshly grated Parmesan cheese (3/4 cup)
4 to 6 thinly sliced spring onions
dash of tabasco sauce
Salt and freshly ground pepper
12 ounces macaroni, cooked according to package directions and drained
3 slices of firm white bread, blitzed into crumbs
4 to 6 medium sized burger patties
2 to 3 ounces of additional cheddar cheese grated
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ Gas mark 4. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
Melt 2/3 of the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook, whisking for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and whisk in the milk. Cook and whisk over medium heat, stirring until the sauce boils and thickens. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, to cook the flour. Add the cheddar, Parmesan, spring onions, tabasco sauce, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste, stirring until the cheeses have melted. Fold in the cooked macaroni and remove from the heat. Scrape into the prepared baking dish.
Lightly brown the burger patties on both sides in a lightly greased nonstick skillet. Plate over top of the macaroni and cheese. Melt the remaining portion of butter. Mix into the bread crumbs along with the additional cheddar cheese. Sprinkle evenly over top of all. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until bubbly and lightly browned on top.
Note - You can add several tomatoes sliced, placing them on top of the burgers before baking and before adding the cheese/crumb mixture. I added some sliced fresh tomato and some streaky bacon on top of the burgers, beneath the cheese crumbs before baking. Delicious!!