About: Since it's appearance in American cuisine in the 19th century, macaroni and cheese has become a favorite comfort food across the nation. It would be difficult to find a tastier version than the one offered here by Chef Ryan Johnston, Executive Chef at Del Mar’s Blackhorse Grille.
Cook Tip: The cheddar mornay sauce, while time consuming, is an essential component of this dish.
Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in flour to form roux. Cook, stirring constantly for 20 minutes. Add milk and continue cooking over medium-low heat for half an hour. Mix in cheese and puree with electric wand or mixer until smooth. Remove from heat.
Macaroni & Cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees (F). Cook macaroni in boiling salted water, per package directions. When al dente, drain thoroughly and place in casserole dish. Stir in scallions and half of the bacon. Gradually add cheddar Mornay sauce, gently tossing until fully mixed. Sprinkle Pecorino Romano, breadcrumbs and remaining bacon evenly over the top and bake in oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until casserole is browned on top and bubbling. Remove and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
16 oz. dry elbow macaroni
3 oz. creamery butter
4 oz. all purpose flour
4 oz. scallions, chopped
4 oz. bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/2 gal. whole milk
12 oz. cheddar mornay sauce (see recipe)
6 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 oz. Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
4 oz. Panko-style breadcrumbs