Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon
Rich and creamy with a buttery, crunch crust. This comfort dish is irresistible!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Meanwhile, melt a stick of butter in a large sauce pan. Add the flour and cook until golden brown - a few minutes. Slowly stir in the milk and cook until thick. Add the gouda cheese, cheddar cheese, pepper, nutmeg, cayenne and bacon. Pour into small ramekins or a large baking dish that has been prepared with oil.
Mix the bread crumbs with the parmigiano reggiano. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta. Melt the remaining stick of butter and drizzle over the bread crumb mixture. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
Recipe Notes According to a wide-spread misconception, macaroni was brought to Italy by Marco Polo, returning to Venice from China in 1292. This hypothesis has long been disproved, since it seems that macaroni was already used in Italy at least a century before. Moroccan geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi, who lived in Sicily, documented macaroni in Sicily and in particular in Trabia. © Galley Chef All Rights Reserved
Rack of lamb
Season the racks of lamb with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. In a bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, rosemary, salt and pepper. In a small bowl mix the mustard, egg and garlic. Preheat an oven to 375°F. Brush the meaty side of each lamb rack with 1 Tbs. mustard mixture.
Pack the bread crumb mixture onto the meaty side.
In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil until just smoking. Add the lamb racks, bread-crumb side down, and brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. (you can prepare the lamb up to a day ahead of time and stop here, then finish 40 minutes before you're ready to eat.) Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the lamb to a carving board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 15 minutes. Carve the racks into double chops and serve immediately. Place the racks, bread-crumb side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Transfer to the oven and roast until the crust is nicely browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, away from the bone, registers 130°F for medium-rare, 20 to 25 minutes, or until done to your liking.
When placing the racks in the roasting pan, set them so the bones are crossed at the top. © Galley Chef All Rights Reserved
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