Saturday, April 18, 2015

Green Mac n Cheese

 This is really yummy, and it makes mac n cheese a little healthier! 

1 lb. elbow macaroni
2 cups whole milk
1 cup packed fresh spinach
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. flour
4 cups grated white cheddar cheese
2 cups chopped broccoli florets
1 cup peas

(1) Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta in water for about 3 minutes less than package directions call for, until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and drain.

(2) While pasta is cooking, place milk and spinach in blender and blend on high until smooth.

(3) In a large pot, melt the butter and then add the flour whisking continuously over low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes to make a roux.  Slowly mix in the milk mixture and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, whisking occasionally, 3-4 minutes, or until the sauce is gently bubbling and starting to thicken. Add reserved pasta water and cheese and whisk until melted.  Stir in the pasta, broccoli and peas.

(4) Transfer to a greased 13x9 baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

Homemade Mayonnaise

In my effort to try and reduce processed foods and chemicals, I've been making homemade mayo.  We don't use much may though so I waste a lot because homemade doesn't last for years like Best Foods! ;)  This is the recipe I like the most so far- it's an adaption of Michael Symon's recipe.

2 large egg yolks
2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. white vinegar
3/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cup canola oil

In the bowl of a food processor, add everything except the oil and puree until combined and frothy.  Pour in the oil in a thin stream while the processor is running until thick.

You can add garlic to make garlic mayo, some roasted red peppers to make an aioli or whatever you like!  It's fun!