➤ by Lydia Fulson
This Gouda macaroni and cheese is made with THREE yummy meltable cheeses. You'll love how simple and creamy this recipe is.
Now, I know this isn't very German to be here. BUT, mac and cheese has been known worldwide as one of the most comforting and heartwarming dishes out there. I for one, love a good homemade mac and cheese recipe.
My homemade version is made with one of my all-time favorite cheese, creamy Gouda! I also included old sharp white cheddar, and Camembert. However, you really can add whatever you want!
Perhaps you can't quite tell what's in there from the picture, but there is BACON. One of my most loved meats. I love bacon with my potatoes, in soups, on sandwiches and of course, in my mac and cheese.
I'd say for this being only the second time I've ever made homemade macaroni and cheese totally from scratch, it turned out super yummy. Everyone went for seconds, which is always a good sign!
It may not be German, but doesn't this remind you of something that totally is?
For Oma, mac and cheese is reminiscent of cheese spaetzle. The true German version of mac and cheese! If you like macaroni and cheese, you're bound to love authentic spaetzle.
Essentially, they are incredibly similar. Noodles and cheese! Spaetzle is a type of egg noodle, that turns out so light and fluffy. Layered with cheese and caramelized onions, and the result is irresistible German mac and cheese. The way the cheese melts over top the noodles makes for such a delectable treat, and much like my Gouda mac and cheese recipe, you'll be reaching for seconds. Now, this is comfort food.
Both the cheesy spaetzle and the macaroni and cheese are great for main dishes, but can also make the perfect side dish too.
Now, when it comes to picking the best cheese for mac and cheese, there are actually a few factors to keep in mind. Not all cheeses will melt properly, or to the right consistency for your sauce. They may also simply not compliment each other.
Whether your mac becomes saucy, creamy, stringy, etc, all depends on the cheese you decide to use. So, there are indeed some things to consider as you're browsing the aisles for the best popular cheeses to choose.
So, I'm here to help you out and give some good combination ideas!
American Cheese: A strange term, but a crucial one. The American category is the one you want to aim for with most mac and cheese recipes. They consist of cheeses that are on the softer side and have some type of processing to them. Processed cheese creates a smooth, cheesy sauce. They are made specifically to be great melters! So ... think cheeses like:
For an ooey gooey mac and cheese, here are the best options:
If you see any combinations you enjoy, give them a try. It will be worth it! They are all great options.
As mentioned above, I used Gouda, old white cheddar, and Camembert cheese for my recipe. The Gouda and Camembert were by Castello brand cheeses, which is one of my go-to brands when getting 'fancy cheese'. I call them fancy because to me, growing up, I only ever had cheese that wasn't just plain cheddar at Oma's. This was always a treat to me! I especially loved ingredient shopping with Oma for cheese because I always got to sample it at the deli. ;)
The combination I used made the perfect creamy cheese sauce. It wasn't overly rich or overpowering, so you could still enjoy the flavors of the Doritos and bacon. Of course, it made a white sauce. Which I almost prefer in mac and cheese.
Wondering what that orange crumby looking stuff is in the main picture sitting on top the mac and cheese? Well, believe it or not, my favorite topping is crushed Doritos chips! Sprinkle on some black pepper to add an extra kick to nicely compliment the spice of the Doritos.
We quite often have Doritos in the house to snack on, and often don't have breadcrumbs. It may be strange, but it is such a great alternative to using breadcrumbs.
I learned this trick in school during my foods class, and I'll never go back! The Doritos turn into a lovely soft texture that adds additional cheesy flavors and spice. There are a lot of different things that can be used as toppings, but this is by far my favorite mac and cheese topping.
Alright, now that we've gone through some important tips, cheesy tricks, and wunderbar combinations, are you ...
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