s'MACdown

The Winning Recipe is HERE!

Theo’s winning recipe (minus his secret homemade sausage recipe).  Thanks Theo for sharing the recipe with inquiring minds!

Theo Peck’s Original Sweet Cheesus Mac n’ Cheese Recipe

4ea.                  Shallots, sliced thin on a mandolin

1 lbs                 Dried Macaroni

5 cp                 Whole Milk

1 ea                  Onion, peeled, cut into quarters

2 ea                  Bay Leaf

4 ea                  Cloves

4 T                   Flour

1 T                   Mustard Powder

1 T                   Sweet & Smoked Paprika

4 T                   Butter, unsalted

10                    Garlic Cloves, peeled

½ can               Tomato Paste

1cp                  Carrot Juice

¾ cp                Heavy Cream

5 ea                  Sliced American Cheese

5 oz                  Sharp Cheddar

3 oz                  D’affinos (soft double or triple cream cheese) rind removed

¼ cp                Ricotta, soft

¼ cp                Pecorino Romano, Sheep’s Milk Cheese

1 lbs.                Breakfast Sage n Ginger Sausage or Bratwurst, sliced into coins, cooked, and seared off

Make the Fried Shallots

Toss the shallots with enough flour and a couple pinches of salt to thinly coat. Shake off excess and fried in ½ inch of canola oil. Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with salt.

Make the Garlic Cream

Place the garlic in a small pot and cover with cold water and bring to a simmer and strain. Repeat adding cold water, simmer, and strain. Place garlic back in small pot and add 1 cp of milk. Bring to a simmer, turn off heat and let steep until it cools down to warm. Place in blender and puree, and set aside.

Make the Béchamel

1.      Scald the remaining 4 cups milk with onion, cloves, and bay leaf, and set aside to steep.

2.   Heat and reduce carrot juice by ½, strain and set aside

3.   Melt butter in medium to large pot.

4.   Wisk together flour, mustard, and paprika. Add to melted butter and whisk     until smooth, and cook for about 1 minute.

5.    Strain milk and add to the roux slowly continually whisking to keep it smooth

6.   Cook out the flour taste, about 5 minutes.

7.   Add the garlic cream, tomato paste, carrot juice and whisk.

8.   Add the cheeses, and continue to whisk

9.   Use the cream to thin it out to desired thickness

To Assemble:

Cook the pasta and drain. Mix pasta with béchamel and Sausage, then cover with fried shallots….enjoy.

I stole this photo from Cathy Erway. If you click on it you can check out some other pics that I either swiped from Cathy’s blog (noteatingoutinny.com) or that I actually took myself.
We have a s’MACdown winner!!!! It’s Mr. Theo Peck.  Who I am told is of former Casserole Cook-Off fame.  Congrats to Theo.  I have emailed him to see if he is willing to disclose his top secret winning recipe to his adoring public.
2nd Place winner Mike Betit of Tamarack Hollow Farm.  I’m gonna bug Mike for his recipe as well.
I have to admit that I did NOT even get to eat the winning mac!!  It was so crowded and I was running around trying to get numbers on latecoming contestant’s macs.
But all in all,  I had a blast at my first foray into competitive cooking event hosting and will definitely be planning more in the future.
Thank you so so so much to everyone that came out to eat and everyone that cooked tons of their best mac for us to try.  You all rock.

I stole this photo from Cathy Erway. If you click on it you can check out some other pics that I either swiped from Cathy’s blog (noteatingoutinny.com) or that I actually took myself.

We have a s’MACdown winner!!!! It’s Mr. Theo Peck.  Who I am told is of former Casserole Cook-Off fame.  Congrats to Theo.  I have emailed him to see if he is willing to disclose his top secret winning recipe to his adoring public.

2nd Place winner Mike Betit of Tamarack Hollow Farm.  I’m gonna bug Mike for his recipe as well.

I have to admit that I did NOT even get to eat the winning mac!!  It was so crowded and I was running around trying to get numbers on latecoming contestant’s macs.

But all in all,  I had a blast at my first foray into competitive cooking event hosting and will definitely be planning more in the future.

Thank you so so so much to everyone that came out to eat and everyone that cooked tons of their best mac for us to try.  You all rock.

Are you ready to eat 2 lbs of macaroni and cheese and pick your favorite???
Or perhaps you think you cook the best macaroni & cheese out of all of your friends (and possibly everyone else in the world).
There is STILL time to enter the s’MACdown!  It’s free to enter (just bring a ton of mac and cheese with you).  The contest is limited to 25 entrees, so to reserve a spot send a quick email stating your mac & cheese intentions to midge.smacdown@gmail.com
GOOD LUCK!!

Are you ready to eat 2 lbs of macaroni and cheese and pick your favorite???

Or perhaps you think you cook the best macaroni & cheese out of all of your friends (and possibly everyone else in the world).

There is STILL time to enter the s’MACdown!  It’s free to enter (just bring a ton of mac and cheese with you).  The contest is limited to 25 entrees, so to reserve a spot send a quick email stating your mac & cheese intentions to midge.smacdown@gmail.com

GOOD LUCK!!

Rules, Schmules.

I’ve been asked for rules.  Apparently you cannot just run Macaroni and Cheese competitions willy nilly.  This is a serious event with serious competitors.

1.  Bring as much Mac and Cheese as you like.  I would suggest bringing a bunch because the vote is a “popular” vote which means you want as many people as possible sampling your goods.

2.  Bring your Mac and Cheese fully cooked.  It would be wise to even bring it a little warm.  Contestants will be provided with buffet servers with heat to keep their mac and cheese warm as well as all serving utensils.  Contestants will have access to the venue before 7pm to start warming up their mac and cheese.

3.  Mac and Cheese is Macaroni and Cheese.  It’s not a sandwich, it’s not a salad, it’s not a soup.  Be as creative as you want.  Feel free to include the ever popular bacon.  Maybe you’ve been itchin’ to create a dessert Mac and Cheese, go for it!  Just make sure it’s still got Macaroni and Cheese.