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Recipe Title: Baked Macaroni and Cheese
A Comfort Food Classic--Plus Truffle
Servings: Serves 4
8 ounces elbow macaroni
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 1/2 cups milk
3 tablespoons finely chopped black truffle (optional)
1/2 medium white onion
1 bay leaf
10 ounces sharp aged white Cheddar, shredded
3 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded
1 ounce freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 drops black winter truffle oil (optional)
1 cup fresh brioche or challah bread crumbs
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
Thinly sliced fresh black truffles, for garnish (optional)
Step One: Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add macaroni and cook until al dente, tender but still chewy, about 7 minutes. Drain and transfer to lightly oiled baking pan. Set aside.
Step Two: While macaroni cooks, melt 3 tablespoons butter in separate pot over low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes.
Step Three: Add milk, chopped truffle, onion, and bay leaf to butter-flour mixture. Raise heat slightly and simmer for 10 minutes, until creamy, stirring regularly. Discard onion and bay leaf. Remove from heat.
Step Four: Stir in 3/4 of aged Cheddar along with other cheeses. Season with salt, black pepper, cayenne, and truffle oil if desired. Fold in macaroni. Pour into 2-quart casserole. Top with remaining Cheddar.
Step Five: Melt remaining butter in sauté pan. Add breadcrumbs and parsley. Toss to coat. Spread crumb mixture evenly over top of macaroni.
Step Six: Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven let stand for about 5 minutes. Top with shave truffle, if desired, before serving.
2 bunches jumbo asparagus
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bunch watercress, rinsed
¼ cup white miso
¼ cup pickled ginger
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 Tbsp. sugar
½ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1 ¾ cup canola oil
6 breakfast radish
Sancho pepper to taste (available at Japanese markets)
1 package viola flowers (substitute: any edible flowers at your local market)
Asparagus: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. While the water is coming to a boil, peel the bottoms of the asparagus stalks with a peeler. Place asparagus stalks in boiling water for 10 seconds and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water. Drain and set aside.
Vinaigrette: Place white miso, pickled ginger, soy sauce, sugar and unseasoned rice vinegar into a blender. Blend at medium speed. With the machine running, slowly add the oil in a slow, steady stream until the dressing comes together. Place in a container and set aside.
Assembly: Toss cherry tomatoes with ¼ cup, or more as needed, of vinaigrette until coated and set aside. Toss watercress with 1 tablespoon olive and salt and set aside. Place asparagus on a platter. Top with dressed cherry tomatoes. Drizzle asparagus and tomatoes with ¼ cup, or more as needed, of remaining dressing. Arrange watercress on top of tomato and asparagus mixture. Garnish with edible flowers.
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