A couple of years ago I made a macaroni and cheese to take to a barbecue in Villiers-Louis, France, deep country. I made this casserole in a sort of can’t be bothered way but the French loved it! I used 3 different French cheeses (reblochon, tomme de savoie, comte) and creme fraiche. I also mixed in some red bell pepper and onion. It was good, so I thought of making a reasonable facsimile today with the cheeses that are available in Pennsylvania, USA.
Surprisingly, it was difficult to find cheese that wasn’t reduced or low fat! Ditto for the sour cream (I substituted this for the creme fraiche). I like all the fat that’s supposed to be in my milk products. In the case of a particularly rich dish, I eat less of it, but I want all the flavor of the unadulterated product. The same goes for butter.
In the end, I had to settle for reduced fat cheddar, but normal monterey jack and mozzarella. The cheddar was an accident. My eyes were so glazed over from looking for normal cheddar that this one slipped by me. There was one container of normal sour cream left. I snapped that up! I think I have to make a bi-weekly visit to Wegmans in Scranton.
I do most of my shopping at the local Weis Supermarket. They offer both local and some organic vegetables and fruit. Fresh and pretty. And sometimes you can find meat that is organic/grass fed/free range. Like these lovely center cut pork chops.
I baked these in my usual way; salt, pepper, flour, butter in the pan. Marvelous!
Macaroni and Cheese
1/2 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 tbsp butter
1 lb small elbow macaroni, cooked
1/2 cup monterey jack cheese, grated
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 cup sour cream
Saute the onion and bell pepper in the butter until the onion is soft, then toss with the hot macaroni. Add the monterey jack, the mozzarella, 1/2 cup of the cheddar and the sour cream. Stir to blend well. Pour the mixture into a baking pan and top with the rest of the cheddar, then the bread crumbs.
Bake in a 425 F oven for about 30 minutes.