Chilebrown at home

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Food can have a magical soothing calming effect. Certain dishes will even bring you comfort. There is something about the familiarity and flavor that releases endorphins. Endorphins can act as a natural pain reliever. We need some comfort and pain relief. What better than to fire up the smoker and cook some marinated beef ribs from Willow Glen. This will be accompanied by some Mac & Cheese.

This macaroni and cheese will have 4 different types of cheese. Cooked elbow noodles will be bathed in a cream and cheese sauce and then topped with bread crumbs. This gooey mess will be baked in a 325 degree oven until over the top delicious.

Chilebrown's Mac & Cheese
  1. 8 ounces of elbow noodles
  2. 1 cup bread crumbs
  3. 4 ounces grated cheddar cheese
  4. 4 ounces processed American Cheese Cut into cubes (We like this stuff)
  5. 4 ounces blue cheese crumbled
  6. 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  7. salt & pepper
  8. 1 1/2 cup of heavy cream or milk
  9. 2 garlic cloves minced
  10. 1/4 onion minced
  11. 2 tablespoons butter
  12. 1 tablespoon flour
  13. 1 tablespoon Chile powder (optional)

Cook your noodles as packages directs but cook 2 minutes less. Drain and reserve. Take a saute pan and melt your butter. Saute garlic and onions for aprox 5 minutes or until translucent. Add 1 tablespoon flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add cream and simmer until cream thickens slightly. Season with salt and pepper. Add all cheeses except Parmesan and melt. Combine noodles and cheese mixture and stir. Place this mixture in a buttered baking dish. Top with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle chile powder over top. (Optional). Bake at 325 degree oven until bubbly and top is brown. (aprox 25 minutes).

The ribs were falling off the bone good. The macaroni and cheese embraced us into a stranglehold of comfort. These two dishes worked their magic wonderfully.


Zoomie said...

Glad you found some comfort - I know it was badly needed this week.

Greg said...

Just caught up with your posts. Sorry for your loss. Comfort food sounds like the perfect prescription.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like the perfect prescription! Hugs to you both.

cookiecrumb said...

Keeping busy never hurts.
Wallowing is good, too.

Chris said...

That is beyond comfort food and bordering on anesthesia! Great sounding recipe for 4 cheese mac.

Chef JP said...

Looks & sounds dang good! Just finished a good food book, Hungry Town (Tom Fitzmorris), you may enjoy it. Cheers, JP

Anonymous said...

Hugs to you Chilibrown. I'm loving this mac and cheese. I've never added blue cheese before. Gotta give it a try.

Greg said...

I'll confess to never having good barbecued beef ribs.

I have memories of gristle and bone and it made me wish for some St. Louis style pork meaty bones to gnaw on.

Chilebrown said...

Thanks everybody! Things are getting better. i just recieved a gift that made me smile. I will tell you about it later.

Greg, Do not give up on the beef ribs. I prefer beef ribs except the problem of finding good meaty ribs. They are usually reserved for restaurants.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Chile. You've really stepped up your photography game!

Rene said...

Hi Chile-

Very sorry. Love the blog, this entry and others. It looks like this enthusiastic amateur bbq community (you, whitetrashbbq, gopopgo, mad meat genius, etc)is tight.


Chilebrown said...

Hello Pragmatic Chef, I discovered photo shop

Rene, Thanks, good luck with your blog. I will stop by once in a while and say hello.