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September 23, 2013

MAC N' CHEESE PROSCIUTTO CUPS....WOWZA!


It was a birthday affair....


Our youngest son, Robbie, was being honored this weekend with a family dinner! Texas had finally received "Fall-like" weather and we took full advantage by having a fabulous grill fest by the pool! It actually turned into a family affair when Greg and Jenn helped prepare our dinner with this drool worthy Mac N Cheese recipe....served in tiny Prosciutto cups no less....man o' man....y'all have got to make these! 





 MAC N' CHEESE IN PROSCIUTTO CUPS

8 ounces elbow macaroni
6 very thin slices prosciutto (about 3 ounces)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup panko
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 4 ounces)
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 2 ounces)
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for salting the pasta cooking water
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


 Heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle.


Bring a large saucepan (about 4 quarts) of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. When the pasta is al dente, reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water, then drain.

Meanwhile, cut the prosciutto in half crosswise.
Place 1 slice in each well of a 12-well muffin pan, pressing the prosciutto evenly into the bottom and up the sides of each tin, and set aside.
  
Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a small frying pan over medium heat until foaming. Add the panko and cook, stirring occasionally, until light golden brown, about 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.


While the pasta is draining, rinse the saucepan and wipe it dry. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the saucepan over medium-low heat until foaming. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Cook, whisking occasionally, until the flour has darkened slightly in color, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the milk very slowly, whisking it into the flour-butter mixture. Continue cooking, whisking constantly to smooth out any lumps, until the mixture simmers and thickens, about 6 to 7 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the reserved pasta water, cheeses, mustard, measured salt, and pepper and whisk until the cheese has melted and the mixture is smooth. Add the drained pasta and stir to combine.





Divide the pasta mixture among the wells of the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with the toasted panko. Cook until the edges of the mac ’n’ cheese cups are bubbling slightly and the tops are light golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes.

 

Bo had taken a few dips in the pool in hot pursuit of retrieving one of his favorite balls....still damp, but obviously drawn to that wonderful aroma......must have been his dinner time too!



Steaks on the grill....marinated veggie kabobs, and fresh grilled corn......

Dessert? Cheesecake of course! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO ROBBIE! 
Always my baby...my baby you'll be!

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