Giving Thanks
Make you wanna "smack yo momma" good!

Giving Thanks

Make you wanna “smack yo momma” good!

Thanksgiving is just 3 days away.  I can't believe this year is almost over.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because nobody expects anything from you on this day.  Think about it, you don't have to buy any presents, no flowers, you don't even really have to dress up either.  AND… you can watch the Redskins beat the crap out of Dallas! LOL. Just sayin.  I can't wait.  Before I forget, if you've never tasted the mac and cheese from Flemings Restaurant, you have to try it.  This is NOT my personal recipe but I have used it in the past and its delicious.  I did add the low fat options to some ingredients for those of us who need to watch our thighs – LOL.  Maybe you could make it for this Thanksgiving dinner.  I will post again before the big turkey day, but wanted to give this recipe ahead of time.  Trust me, you will love it!  What is your favorite recipe for Thanksgiving?

What you need:

1 lb pasta (cavatappi or curly) or elbow – I've used elbow and its just fine
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 cup onion, 1/2-inch dice
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups heavy cream – you can use low fat
3 cups half-and-half – again get the low fat, still taste amazing.
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon white pepper (ground)
3/4 lb gruyere cheese, grated – This is the key ingredient!
1/4 lb cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder (chipotle chili powder)
3/4 cup panko

What you need to do:

1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large pot, bring 1 gallon of water to boil. Add 2 teaspoons salt and pasta and cook for 8 – 9 minutes

2)Drain pasta and cool under cold running water. Pasta should be slightly firm. Toss drained pasta in oil and reserve

3)Melt butter in a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add onions and saute for 4 – 5 minutes

4)Add flour, cook couple minutes –  but do not brown.

5)Add cream, half and half, kosher salt and white pepper.

6)Bring pot to a simmer. Cook until sauce is thick, about 5 – 6 minute Blend cheese into sauce and add cooked pasta.

7)Pour pasta and sauce into a 9 x 12" baking dish. Reserve.

8)In a saute pan over medium-high heat, add oil and chipotle chili powder. Heat for 30 seconds, until pan starts to smoke. Remove from stove and stir in bread crumbs.

9)Sprinkle bread crumbs over the pasta and bake for 15 – 20 minute until golden. Cool slightly before serving.

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  1. Very Nice Honey!!!!

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