French Style Mac-N- Cheese & A Giveaway!

Mac and cheese is a food that I ate lots of growing up. It was never any type of gourmet style mac and cheese though, just a certain blue box version that had a neon colored cheese powder with it. As Ive gotten older and my palette has changed, that kind of mac and cheese really doesnt appeal to me very much anymore. Dont get me wrong though, occasionally Ill still have a small portion with my dinner when Jeremy asks for it.

http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/french-style-mac-n-cheese/

Ingredients:

1 lb penne pasta

1 clove garlic, peeled and halved

5 tbsp butter

2 tbsp flour

2 cups milk

salt and pepper

pinch of nutmeg

1 1/2 cups gruyere cheese, shredded

1/3 lb brie cheese, rind removed, cut into chunks

1 tbsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp thyme leaves plus additional for garnish

big chunk of a french baguette

handful of italian parsley, roughly chopped

Directions:

Preheat broiler.

Bring large pot of water to a rolling boil. Heavily salt the water. Drop pasta and cook to al dente.

Rub inside of of saucepot with cut sides of garlic. Heat pot over med heat. Melt in 3 tbsp butter. Stir in flour and cook out 1 min. Whisk in milk and cook to thicken. Season sauce with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in cheese to melt. Add in mustard and thyme leaves. Remove from heat.

Drain pasta and put it back in hot pot. Pour cheese sauce over pasta and toss to combine.

Melt 2 tbsp butter in microwave. In food processor, pulse baguette until you get some chunky breadcrumbs. Toss breadcrumbs with butter and parsley.

Place pasta in casserole dish. Top with breadcrumbs and a sprinke of thyme leaves. Place mac and cheese under broiler for about 2 mins.

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Now, onto my giveaway. This will be my first one and Im so excited! This isnt a food related giveaway though. Not long ago I ordered some stuff from Forever21 and accidentally ordered 2 of the exact same beret so Im passing along the extra one to one lucky reader! I even made a french style meal to set the mood! LOL  Even if this isnt your style, you can always enter and give it away to someone for Christmas!

To enter this giveaway leave me a comment  by Friday Nov. 13  answering this question:

What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving???

The winner will be decided by random.org. Good Luck!!!

beret

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26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mic
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 22:14:01

    family gatherings and pecan pies!

    Reply

  2. Amy
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 22:19:58

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is my dad’s Pork Pie

    Reply

  3. Jackie
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 22:23:07

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is eating a yummy dinner with my wonderful family.

    Reply

  4. Chas
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 22:31:41

    Leftover turkey sandwiches, made on rolls with gravy and cranberries!

    Reply

  5. EHayes
    Nov 08, 2009 @ 22:42:37

    hands down, Cran- Apple Stuffing

    Reply

  6. Mary Ann
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 00:35:06

    Family, gatherings, tasty food smells

    Reply

  7. Julie
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 00:45:30

    The best thing about Thanksgiving is spending time with my family and stuffing our faces with delcious turkey and all the fixings.

    Reply

  8. Pilla
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 01:23:04

    Watching everyone fight to get the first plate of food.

    Reply

  9. Kathy
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 01:49:10

    My husband’s maple bacon turkey. mmmm… oh and the after food coma where the whole family passes out in the living room. 😀

    Reply

  10. AprilLynn
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 06:22:15

    hands down. Green bean caserole! Makes me hungry just thinking about it.

    Reply

  11. Renee G
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 07:08:57

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is leftovers.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

    Reply

  12. maria
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 16:48:31

    my favorite thing about thanksgiving is pumpkin pie and my mom’s stuffing!

    Reply

  13. Tara
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 23:41:19

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is being with family and my mom’s turnips mixed with mashed potatoes.

    Reply

  14. Rin
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 21:51:12

    Going home… there are so many good things about that, I don’t even need to list anything else!

    Reply

  15. Nikki
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:11:03

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is hanging out with family members and laughing about old stories and memories.. and of course, the turkey-induced naps post-meal!

    Reply

  16. Andi
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:14:04

    I love thanksgiving because it is a great time with family, where you don’t have the pressure of having to buy everyone gifts. It is a day free of stress, unless you’re the one cooking.

    Reply

  17. Veronika
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:17:52

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is having the time to relax with family and enjoy a great home-cooked meal!

    Reply

  18. Ashlee
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:33:19

    Family and football. I have such a huge extended family with siblings adopted from all over the world, it’s nice to sit down and have some good ole’ fashioned crazy time with everyone!!

    Reply

  19. Cristin
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:37:32

    Mashed potatoes. AMAZING! 🙂

    Reply

  20. Becky
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 22:51:30

    My favorite things are apple pie and cheesy potatoes.

    Reply

  21. Lindsey
    Nov 13, 2009 @ 00:58:58

    Green Bean Casserole!!

    Reply

  22. Elizabeth
    Nov 13, 2009 @ 01:07:56

    My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is hosting it! I love showing off my Martha Stewart side!

    Reply

  23. Shannon
    Nov 13, 2009 @ 01:08:51

    Spending time with my family without a rush to have to be anywhere afterwards!

    Reply

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