Michael Symon: Ham and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Recipe
If cheese is the most delicious food in the world, then mac and cheese is the most delicious dish. Seriously, who doesn’t love a nice dish of mac and cheese? It’s classic American comfort food, and the ways which you can prepare it are seemingly endless.
The Chew’s Dish of the Day was Michael Symon’s Ham and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese. Cooked with two delicious varieties of cheese and then baked with breadcrumbs, this dish looked simply incredible. Check out Michael Symon’s Ham and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Recipe below.
The Chew’s Ham and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Ingredients:
- 1 pound Conchigliette Pasta (shells)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 cups shaved Cauliflower Florets
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 2 tablespoons Flour
- 3 cups Whole Milk
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated Nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon Red Chili Flakes
- 2 cups Gruyere Cheese
- 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
- 1/2 pound julienned Baked Ham Steak
- 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup chopped Parsley
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Michael Symon Ham and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Directions:
- Preheat the oven on broil. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Cook the pasta shells one minute short of the package directions, making sure they are al dente.
- Heat a large pot over high heat. Add three tablespoons of olive oil and add cauliflower, tossing to coat. Season cauliflower with salt and pepper and cook for five to six minutes until the cauliflower begins to caramelize.
- Add the butter to the pot. Whisk in the flour to create a roux. Make sure the flour has time to cook (a common mistake when making a roux) and season with salt and stir. When the paste has reached a golden color, whisk in milk. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and chili flakes. Stir in the gruyere cheese and half the Parmigiano-Reggiano, then the ham followed by the cooked pasta.
- Transfer to a greased baking dish. Mix the breadcrumbs, remaining cheese, and chopped parsley and sprinkle over pasta. Broil two – three minutes until the crust is golden brown.
This dish is definitely decadent, but it’s a great dish to enjoy every once in a while and in moderation. The Chew hosts all loved it, and really, what’s not to love? Cheese, pasta and a delicious crust sounds like a winning combination to me.