DeCa’s ‘Super Bowl’ recipe scores

| February 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kay Blakley
Defense Commissary Agency
FORT LEE, Va. – With Super Bowl upon us, you need look no farther than your local commissary for all the fixin’s for your game day party.
Invest just a little effort for some really good grub football fans love, like this one for mac and cheese.


Better-for-You Macaroni and Cheese
1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup (3 ounces) shredded, reduced-fat, sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon table salt plus an additional 1/2 teaspoon
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon powdered mustard
2 1/2 cups skim milk
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)

Toss bread crumbs with butter in a small bowl until combined. Set aside.

In a food processor or blender, process cheddar, Parmesan and ricotta cheeses until no large pieces remain, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat broiler. Bring 4 quarts of water to boil in a large sauce pan or Dutch oven over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon salt and macaroni and cook until tender, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain macaroni and leave in colander.
In now-empty Dutch oven or sauce pan, heat butter over medium-high heat until foaming. Add flour and mustard and cook, whisking to combine ingredients, until mixture is smooth, about 1 minute. Whisking constantly, slowly add milk and hot pepper sauce, and bring to a full boil.

Reduce heat to medium and simmer, whisking frequently, until mixture becomes slightly thicker than heavy cream, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Whisk in the cheese mixture and 1/2 teaspoon salt until cheese is melted.
Add pasta and cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until mixture is steaming, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer mixture to a broiler-safe, 8-inch baking dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Broil until crumbs are deep golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes, rotating pan if necessary for even browning. Cool 2 minutes and serve.
(Editor’s note: Blakley is a consumer advocate for DeCA.)

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