Green-Chile Macaroni and Cheese
If you think the heat might be too bold, opt for a milder chile rather than reducing the quantity. A cup of corn kernels is a good addition, mixed into the cheese sauce just before it comes off the heat. A Cheryl AltersJamison recipe from New Mexico Magazine, 2/2012.
- Ready In:
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed fresh breadcrumbs or 3/4 cup dried panko breadcrumbs
- 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 -2 tablespoon onion, minced
- 1 cup roasted green chili pepper, chopped
- 1 cup whole milk or 1 cup goat's milk
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk or 1/2 cup additional goat's milk
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 6 ounces creamy fresh goat cheese, garlic-flavored if you wish
- 4 ounces havarti-style goat meat or 4 ounces cow's milk cheese, grated
- 6 ounces aged cheddar cheese, grated
- 12 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter shallow, medium-to-large baking dish.
- Prepare breadcrumbs, first melting butter in small skillet over medium heat. Stir in bread crumbs and toast until golden, stirring occasionally. Scrape bread crumbs out of skillet and reserve.
- Prepare cheese sauce, first melting butter in large, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir flour into butter gradually (so it doesn’t develop lumps).When flour is incorporated, mix in onion and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add green chile and any juice; cook until heated through. Raise heat to medium-high and gradually whisk in milk, buttermilk, and salt. Bring mixture to a boil and continue to cook until lightly thickened, stirring occasionally (about 5 minutes). Stir in creamy fresh goat cheese until melted into sauce.
- Remove sauce from heat and immediately mix in remaining cheeses, stirring until melted. Toss macaroni with cheese sauce and spoon into prepared baking dish.
- Scatter bread crumbs over macaroni and cheese sauce. Bake about 30 minutes, until heated through and golden-brown and crunchy on top.