Carla’s Recipe of the Week from The Good Cheese Counter

****Fav Recipe of the Week****

PERFECT in this chill!!

Kicked Up Mac n Cheese
Using Jarlsberg and Gruyere.

1 roasted poblano pepper, diced (about 1/4 cup)
2 links smoked chorizo sausage (6 ounces), 1/2-inch dice
1/2 cup roasted, fresh yellow corn (optional)
8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked al dente (about 4 minutes less than suggested cooking time)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 cups whole milk
2 cups half and half
Several grinds freshly ground white pepper (approx. 1/8 teaspoon)
6 ounces grated Jarlsberg
6 ounces grated Hickory Smoked Jarlsberg
6 ounces grated Gruyère
3/4 to 1 teaspoon Hot Mexican-Style Chili Powder, to taste

For topping:
1 cup grated Jarlsberg (approximately 3 ounces)
1 cup grated Gruyère (approximately 3 ounces)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease four individual 16-ounce mini-casserole dishes (alternatively, you could use a 2-quart casserole dish, but you will have to adjust cooking time).
Combine the first three ingredients in a large bowl (or four, if you are using the roasted corn). Set aside.
Mix together the two cheeses for the topping and set aside.
Melt butter over medium-low heat. When the butter stops foaming, quickly add the flour and stir with a whisk to combine, making a roux. Reduce the heat to low, add the Kosher salt and stir constantly for a few minutes. In a steady stream, add the milk, while stirring constantly, followed by the half and half. Turn the heat to medium and cook the mixture, continuing to stir with a whisk, until it begins to thicken slightly. Add the freshly ground white pepper, grated Jarlsberg, Hickory Smoked Jarlsberg, and Gruyère. Stir over low heat until the cheese is melted. Add the Hot Mexican-Style Chili Powder, to taste. Check for seasonings.
Immediately pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni mixture, stirring to thoroughly combine. (The mixture will be a little loose, but will thicken as the macaroni absorbs the sauce while baking.) Distribute evenly into the mini casserole dishes. Top with the grated cheeses and place the casserole dishes on a baking sheet.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until mixture is bubbly and beginning to brown around the edges. Place under the broiler for a few minutes, checking constantly, until topping is the desired doneness. Serve immediately.

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