October 19, 2008

Photo du Jour - Comfort


Comfort Food. Sometimes you just crave it.

Macaroni & Cheese is way up there on my Favorite Comfort Food of All Time list.
I use the recipe from Horn & Hardart's, with a few revisions; no cheddar cheese around here so I use Gruyère or another good melting cheese, I add a couple of dashes of Crystal Hot Sauce to the mix and put fine breadcrumbs on the top before it goes in the oven. Pin It

13 comments:

Vivi said...

Oh yum!!! I've never made my own (for shame, I know!) but I've found that boxed mac & cheese, that staple of my college years, just doesn't do it for me anymore. Now I know what I'm going to try this week, thanks! :)

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

True autumn comfort food! Another one is Cauliflower cheese..my family love it! :-)

Bron said...

Macaroni cheese is definitely "way up there" like chocolate and sex, it's a long long winter without it! ;-)
Love it!!

Loulou said...

vivi
You'll never go back to the boxed stuff! (although I think they put addictive drugs in Kraft Mac & Cheese...every time I get the chance to eat it I can't stop)
French Fry will be born loving your homemade mac and cheese. :)

anne
Cauliflower cheese is wonderful! My grandmother used to make an Italian version.

bron
Exactly!
:)

Wives with Knives said...

Mac and cheese is one of my favorites. I use whatever cheese I have on hand, sometimes a combination of several and its always good. I like the bread crumbs on top. Looks yummy.

Karina Allrich said...

Yes, please! It is my favorite comfort food. An aside- my husband picked grapes in Maury years ago, and has painted in your (beautiful) neck of the woods-er, vineyards. :)

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I just have to ask: What is cauliflower cheese?

Anonymous said...

Cheddar cheese(coloured but good for cooking) is available from G2supermarket in Olonzac. Strong Scottish Cheddar in Leclerc,Carcassonne also 2 varieties in English shop,Carcassonne + stilton+ red leicester + wensleydale.
Kind regards
Malcolm & Penny

Loulou said...

wives with knives
I think it is always better with the breadcrumbs! I often use a mix of cheese too.

Karina
This is a beautiful part of the world. You should visit some time!
Thanks for commenting. :)

cathy
it is a popular British dish that uses cauliflower in place of noodles. I found this online:

1 large Cauliflower
300ml (½ pint) Milk
110g (4oz) Cheddar Cheese
3 tbsp Plain Flour
50g (2oz) Butter
25g (1oz) Fresh Breadcrumbs
½ tsp Mustard
Nutmeg
Salt & Black Pepper

Trim the cauliflower boil in salted water for 10-15 minutes or until just tender.
Drain and place in a flameproof dish.
Add the milk, flour and butter to a saucepan.
Heat, stirring continuously until the sauce thickens, boils and is smooth.
Allow to simmer for a further 2 minutes.
Add three-quarters of the grated cheese, mustard, a pinch of nutmeg and seasoning.
Cook for further minute stirring well.
Pour the sauce over the cauliflower.
Mix the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs together, sprinkle over the top.
Place under a hot grill until golden brown.
Serve immediately.

Malcolm and Penny
Thanks for the info!
I stopped looking for cheddar a couple of years ago because we could never find it. How things have changed!

Ken Broadhurst said...

Loulou, try Cantal cheese. It's a lot like white cheddar and melts very nicely.

Loulou said...

Ken
Wonderful idea! I adore white cheddar and Cantal.
Merci!

Cathy said...

loulou -
Thanks ever so much for the recipe. This sounds wonderful. Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies and is in season now so I'll give it a try. Wish I had some right this minute.

Loulou said...

cathy
I hope you enjoy it! :)