A DARLING LIL' COOKER THAT MAKES THE FLUFFIEST RICE. SHOP NOW »
🔕 🔔
Loading…

My Basket ()

All questions

Ok I'm planning on making Mac n cheese and I want to know what are the best cheese combinations.What y'all think?

I've grown up with with a Colby and cheddar mix but I want to try something different and new.

asked by southern gentleman about 3 years ago
32 answers 1729 views
23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

I like Martha Stewart's recipe (cheddar, gruyere, pecorino). Covered in a Feature on this site:
http://food52.com/blog...

8f5038ed 8aca 4d33 aef7 8a0ce63adc40  img00019 20100929 0432 1
sexyLAMBCHOPx

sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

Wow, so many variations, personal preference really. I like white cheddar, gruyere and good old American white cheese.

164ae6cf b233 45ae a461 8d7543fae705  melissa mitchell
added about 3 years ago

i second the Martha Stewart mac-and-cheese. I made it the night before Thanksgiving (we had people coming in at all different times) and everyone loved it. Having said that, my mom always made mac-and-cheese (in pretty much the same way as the recipe referenced above) when the cheese drawer was getting a little too full of odds-and-ends, and it was always really delicious.

1097a5b5 1775 4eec a8ea 7421137b65dc  image 2 apples claire sullivan 2
amysarah

amysarah is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

I agree about trying different cheese combos - also, that using up random cheese scraps is often the mother of mac & cheese invention. In general though, I like a combo (any 3 or so) of cheddar, gruyere, fontina, jarlsberg, pecorino. If you're a blue cheese fan, gorgonzola works well, but balance it with a higher proportion of the other more mellow cheeses (e.g., fontina.)

B0e51b35 a002 4fdd adc2 f06fa947184e  baci1
HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

For something non-traditional, I like the pepperjack/cheddar combo.

Cd383ee1 8489 4608 ab42 3f588caf158f  carolyn jones john astin the addams family 1964 1
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added about 3 years ago

Damn, I love this question! Cheddar up front of course and because you are a southern gentleman you might want to toss in pimentos or even take the trouble to make pimento cheese. After that, pepper jack is a good suggestion along with fontina because it melts well. But anything with Martha Stewart's name on it sets my hair on fire. I also like to add some form of chili pepper such as chopped Hatch peppers which you can buy tinned up and ready to go. Have at it!

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added about 3 years ago

Thank you sir. I love cheddar and it was going to have to be in it no matter what lol

Bb911bcd 2446 4d8f 848f cdc2090e999a  leaf cake
added about 3 years ago

Martha Stewart brought many people who were not either comfortable or confident into the kitchen and she is to be commended for that. I am sure the food52 editors agree would agree. In addition to her culinary contributions, she is an adept gardener and I learned many tips from her. She makes a wonderful mac & cheese.

4798a9c2 4c90 45e5 a5be 81bcb1f69c5c  junechamp
ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 3 years ago

My favorite combination (and that of several friends) is Gruyere (or Comte), Taleggio and Point Reyes Blue (other good blues can be subbed here, but if you use Gorgonzola, make sure it's NOT Dolce).

Cd383ee1 8489 4608 ab42 3f588caf158f  carolyn jones john astin the addams family 1964 1
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added about 3 years ago

ChefJune, I love all of these cheeses (I'm really more of a cheese guy than a wine guy but I like pairings). These cheeses are wonderful each by their ownselves, but for a southern mac and cheese I'm not sure they work. I love cheeses like cabrales and valdeon but those would smother every other flavor. Havarti could be another thought as it does melt well. Taleggio is an interesting wrinkle.

516f887e 3787 460a bf21 d20ef4195109  bigpan
added about 3 years ago

In over six decades I have never had mac n cheese out of a box. But, sensing a southern gentleman's palate, I would make your "macaroni" (or penne or other such pasta), and make the sauce with good parmesan, a few dollops of an imported bleu cheese (gorgonzola is very nice, melts easy), some heavy cream (not much, just make it "saucy"), then for the southern gentleman's heat a bit of chili garlic sauce (the one with the rooster on the label - not much...it can be HOT. You can always add but very hard to take away). This will be a nice dish that will tingle the lips of southern ladies and gentlemen who both will want a julep to sip on instead of iced tea.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added about 3 years ago

Thank you kind sir. I also greatly appreciate the drink addition. Lord knows there's nothing better than soul food with a good drink.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

bigpan, you must not go to the other side without trying Kraft Mac & Cheese. The kind with the powdered cheese, not the more expensive version with the "liquid" cheese.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

bigpan, you must not go to the other side without trying Kraft Mac & Cheese. The kind with the powdered cheese, not the more expensive version with the "liquid" cheese.

F83774ec c18a 46a4 8dff 00877f15aed6  image
Kristen W.

Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

Pegeen, I tend to agree that knowing the taste of Kraft Mac 'n' Cheese is an important cultural reference point. Sadly, though, I fear that it is a taste that must be acquired during childhood for it to be enjoyed at all!

609271d6 306e 4b3e 8479 9d404fb84e73  moi 1
QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

Try this one, it is to die for http://www.foodandwine...

9acfdd05 7247 4ff2 9a6c 9141e73a07c8  52 photo
added about 3 years ago

A delicious twist on Mac & Cheese; Bundt goodness, because we eat with our eyes first, choose cheese of your choice but use cheddar for a crowning touch!

7245cf75 388b 4f07 82ff 602c33fabb0b  maccheese bundt

Cd383ee1 8489 4608 ab42 3f588caf158f  carolyn jones john astin the addams family 1964 1
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added about 3 years ago

This twist is similar to a Tuscan style dish which sometimes goes under the name "timballo" which covers a multitude of sins. Essentially the cooked pasta is baked in the bundt pan and the sauce is added to the center. The name references its drumlike shape.

9acfdd05 7247 4ff2 9a6c 9141e73a07c8  52 photo
added about 3 years ago

http://food52.com/recipes...

Bb911bcd 2446 4d8f 848f cdc2090e999a  leaf cake
added about 3 years ago

Linda, I meant to let you know that I made this, with tuna added, for my mother's 93rd birthday luncheon. She just adored it, as tuna noodle casserole was always one of her favorite dishes.

Voted the Best Answer!

9acfdd05 7247 4ff2 9a6c 9141e73a07c8  52 photo
added about 3 years ago

Respectfully this recipe is exactly what its name says and seriously the idea was created because of my Bundt obsession

Timballo di Maccheroni alla Napoletana
A pastry lined spring form or tube pan filled with a creamy mixture of pasta, meat, vegetables, and cheese. The pasta is usually hollowed out tubes of Bucatini. Two sauces, a Béchamel sauce and a meat sauce or Ragù. A generous helping of Parmigiano cheese and then encased in delicate shell of buttery, flaky, melt in your mouth puff pastry. Is what my grandmother and her Italian friends would make on special occasions, delicious! Hmmm, perhaps that memory buried in my mind is what drove my idea?

9acfdd05 7247 4ff2 9a6c 9141e73a07c8  52 photo
added about 3 years ago

Sounds delicious, Bevi!

Cd383ee1 8489 4608 ab42 3f588caf158f  carolyn jones john astin the addams family 1964 1
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added about 3 years ago

Speaking to the timballo point Lapadia, yes indeed it covers a multitude of styles and many regional variations. Sometimes lasagne can be made in this way. The linguistic equivalent in Italian, is "timpano" if you happen to have seen the film "Big Night".

9acfdd05 7247 4ff2 9a6c 9141e73a07c8  52 photo
added about 3 years ago

I have made a lasagne with my freshly made pasta sheets spring form style. No I haven't seen that movie, I'm behind on my movies.

Cd383ee1 8489 4608 ab42 3f588caf158f  carolyn jones john astin the addams family 1964 1
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added about 3 years ago

Lapadia, the film "Big Night" is one of the best food movies ever. Two brothers from Rome, "Primo" and "Secondo" played by Stanley Tucci and Tony Shaloub open a restaurant in New Jersey that wants to be authentically Italian at a time when all the Italian places were "red sauce" joints. The cast includes Isabella Rossalini, Minnie Driver and Ian Holm. Perhaps the best scene is the one in which they open the "timpano" which they've baked in a pasta lined wash tub.

9acfdd05 7247 4ff2 9a6c 9141e73a07c8  52 photo
added about 3 years ago

Thanks, P, sounds like my kind of movie. Have no clue if my reply is going to land where it it supposed to!

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added about 3 years ago

lapadia, I am envious of your Italian heritage and that it led you to a beautiful riff on what it seems we have come to consider an American classic. Odd, too that a simple question became a forum on Martha Stewart and appropriateness of cheeses in what is clearly a hybrid. Chef June, I am salivating over your inclusion of both Taleggio and Point Reyes Blue (though especially the latter!). I agree with responders that Martha Stewart, love her or hate her (and really, who cares which), she, along with the Food Network, has brought many cooks to the kitchen and led them to pose interesting questions along the way.

16f72ccb 3197 434b a946 8e9e68a3715f  cristina 014 web final
added about 3 years ago

This is my favorite mac and cheese recipe/cheese combination: http://www.lottieanddoof.... Mascarpone, sharp cheddar, and parmesan, plus red pepper flakes, parsley, panko, and bacon. Yes, please.

1d0d675a 5598 44a5 865e 32730d2a1273  186003 1004761561 1198459 n
added about 3 years ago

Cheddar is my all time favorite cheese. But after that I love guyere and especially asiago (love its' sweet flavor).

1d0d675a 5598 44a5 865e 32730d2a1273  186003 1004761561 1198459 n
added about 3 years ago

Cheddar is my all time favorite cheese. But after that I love guyere and especially asiago (love its' sweet flavor). did I say gruyere

F8c5465c 5952 47d4 9558 8116c099e439  dscn2212
boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added about 3 years ago

Is this non-summertime question ever gonna die?

9acfdd05 7247 4ff2 9a6c 9141e73a07c8  52 photo
added about 3 years ago

Amen!