I was able to find a few hours this weekend to sneak up to Wilkes-Barre. After hearing for days that Brian was either at Panera or chewing on sunflower seeds for dinner, I thought it would be nice for him to have a real meal for dinner. I've always heard that the way to a mans heart is through his belly :) I loaded up the Prius with a few spices, a few bags of groceries, and Brian's cast iron skillet.
I'm a firm believer that macaroni and cheese should be it's own food group! I love it. All kinds. All shapes. All combinations of cheese.
This dish is one that reminds me of something you would get at a fine steakhouse. It's perfect for a dinner party but in all honesty is probably "too much" for just a normal date night for two. This is mainly because the cheese can get a bit pricey and it makes way too much for just two people. It would be perfect for a group of four to six. I promise if you pull this out at your next dinner party your guests will leave full, happy, and begging for the recipe. It doesn't hurt that it's baked and served in cast iron. Cast iron makes everything better! We served this with Brian's pan seared scallops but it would also be awesome with a big, juicy, medium rare steak. It's rich, it's savory, and it's delicious. Mmmmmm.
My next project is to find some individual size cast iron skillets... I see a dinner party in our near future! Who's coming??
|The iPhone photo DOES NOT do this justice :)|
Gourmet Mushroom Mac & Cheese
(recipe from leitesculinaria.com)
**I made this is a large cast iron skillet. I poured just enough peanut oil to coat the bottom and prepared exactly as the directions suggest. It was so good, so pretty, and SO easy to clean up!**