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Monday, September 22, 2014

Skillet Mushroom Mac-n-Cheese: & Fun with French Cheese #MAKE IT MAGNIFIQUE #Weekly Menu Plan

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Skillet Mushroom Mac n Cheese: simplelivingeating.com


This post is sponsored by The Cheeses of Europe Marketing Council. Opinions are mine.


Is your mac-n-cheese recipe getting to be a little boring? How about cheeseburgers... yawn? There is a way to wake up your meals. Just switch out plain old American cheese with a French cheese such as: Brie, Camembert, Emmental, Raclette, Mimolette, Comté & Fourme d’Ambert. 

French cheeses: simplelivingeating.com


You will be shocked at how ho-hum meals becomes gourmet terrific by adding good French cheese. I played around with Camembert, Fourme d' Ambert and Mimolette and here are the facelifts I gave to a few favorite meals. First I tasted each French cheese and thought about which American cheese they were similar too, whichever was closest in flavor I substituted in recipes. 

Grilled Cheese with Apple and Mimolette: simplelivingeating.com

I usually make grilled cheese with cheddar. Mimolette is similar to cheddar, but with a more complex flavor: a sweet caramelized depth with a smooth fudge finish. Talk about rocking a grilled cheese sandwich. I never made such a tasty one. My kids loved the flavor of Mimolette and the addition of grilled apples made this an exceptional Fall lunch. 

Roast Beef with Fourme d Ambert: simplelivingeating.com

Fourme d' Ambert is similar to Blue Cheese, but of course, just a little more special. It is velvety in texture: a sweet cream with an earthy mushroomy roundness. This was my husband's favorite cheese. Melted over roast beef with a half sour pickle and Dijon mustard... no New York Deli could make a better sandwich! 

Grilled Cheese and Roast Beef Sandwiches: simplelivingeating.com

Both sandwiches were a big hit in my house, but I really wanted to use the French cheese in a baked dish. My daughter's favorite meal is macaroni and cheese. I decided to substitute Camembert for the mild cheddar I usually use in this dish, and I add some mushrooms to it for fun. The result was truly the most gourmet mac-n-cheese my family ever ate, and the only difference to the recipe I normally use was the substitution of French cheese.

So take a look at The Cheese of Europe's website:
http://www.thecheesesofeurope.com/  and let their description of European cheese and their terrific recipes inspire you to add a new flare to your dinner tonight.


Skillet Mushroom Mac n Cheese: simplelivingeating.com


Skillet Mushroom Mac n Cheese

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation time: 20 minutes                     serves: 4 to 6


Ingredients:

8 ounces Camembert remove brine
1/8 teaspoon of ground mustard
1 shallot minced
3/4 cup of half and half (milk/cream)
4 tablespoons of butter
8 ounces of baby bella mushrooms chopped (stems removed)
1/4 cup of white wine
12 ounces of pasta (penne rigate or fusilli)
salt and pepper to taste


Directions:

1) Bring a large sauce pan of well salted water to a boil for the pasta.

2) While the water is coming to a boil. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet on medium high heat. Saute the shallots until they start to wilt then add the mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms until they lightly brown. Remove mushrooms and shallots from the pan.

3) Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet and the white wine and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and whisk in milk. When the milk starts to bubble whisk in cheese. 

4) Once the sauce thickens remove it from the heat and and add mushrooms, shallots, and pasta. Sprinkle with a little pepper. It may not need any salt. Serve immediately. Great with a green salad. 





Weekly Menu Plan:


Sunday: Poor Man's Lobster Butter Baked Cod with Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes and Garlic and Vanilla Vegetable Salad (both from Around my French Table)

Meatless Monday: Pesto Pasta with Tomato Salad

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Smothered Chicken and Okra over Brown Rice

Wednesday: Mimolette Cheese Burgers with Half Sour Pickles 

Thursday: English Breakfast for Dinner (Fried Eggs, Baked Beans, Toast and Sausage)

Friday: Split Pea Soup with Rustic Bread

Saturday: Leftovers



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7 comments:

  1. Full English for breakfast! Now that's an idea!

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    1. I thought it was Brilliant too and easy to make.

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  2. This looks so flavorful! I love pasta, and the addition of the mushrooms. Thank you for the Cheese of Europe link. I will definitely check it out.

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  3. Hi Daine,
    What a great Mac N Cheese and your menu for the week looks awesome. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  4. This looks so good!!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  5. I love trying new cheeses, but I never think to experiment with them. Honestly, I just think about shoving them in my face! But switching out a "stand-by" cheese with a "fancy" one can certainly elevate a dish. Your mac and cheese looks absolutely gourmet, Diane!

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  6. Great dinner idea! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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