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Baked Singing Brook Cheese and Macaroni


Baked Singing Brook Cheese and Macaroni
Serves 8
Blackberry Farm's Chef Josh Feathers puts cheese in the forefront of this macaroni dish for an indulgently rich take on a much-loved Southern classic.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Vidalia onion, finely diced
  2. 4 ounces clarified unsalted butter
  3. 4 ounces unsalted butter
  4. ½ to ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  5. ½ gallon whole milk
  6. 6 cups heavy cream
  7. 2 pounds grated Singing Brook cheese, or substitute Pecorino Romano or Tomme
  8. 3 teaspoons dry mustard
  9. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  10. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  11. 3 pounds cooked macaroni pasta, drained
  12. 2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  13. 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  14. 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  15. ¼ cup melted unsalted butter (not clarified)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 300°F. In a stockpot, sauté the onion in the clarified butter over medium heat. Add the solid, unsalted butter and melt. Whisk in the flour to make a roux, and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Whisk in the milk and cream, and gradually bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly.
  2. When the mixture has started to thicken, add the grated cheese, dry mustard, and nutmeg, whisking to melt the cheese into the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and strain the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer or chinois.
  3. Add the cooked macaroni to the sauce and mix to combine. Spoon the mixture into a greased 13- by 9-inch baking dish.
  4. Mix the bread crumbs, herbs, and melted butter in a medium bowl to make a topping. Sprinkle an even coating on top of the macaroni, and bake until golden brown and bubbly around the edges, approximately 30 minutes, checking after 20.
CHEATS
  1. Purchase premade fresh bread crumbs from your local bakery, grocer, or specialty foods shop.
DO-AHEAD
  1. Cook the macaroni and grate the cheese up to a day ahead.
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Photographed by Heather Anne Thomas

Chef Josh Feathers

Blackberry Farm Corporate Chef Josh Feathers understands the importance of details in world-class cuisine. An East Tennessee native who grew up with an appreciation for the region and its land, Chef Feathers understands and appreciates the flavors that the South has to offer, while adding touches of elegance he learned through his world-wide travels.