Confession: I'm in LOVE with my Le Creuset Round Cocottes.
My sister, d @Atelier Mejiku (go check out her graphic design services) is staying with us and she felt like having mac & cheese last night. Off she went to get fancy cheeses and wa la! Wonderfulness came out of our oven in these cute little mini cocottes. Look at them nice and steamy in the oven:
We made slightly too much, so our All Clad Gratin Pans came to the rescue (and the hubs loved his extra large portion)
Nice and golden brown on top with a slight crisp… and extra melted parmesan cheese… yum!
d made delicious home-made sparkling apple juice with blueberries using our sodastream machine
Here’s the recipe:
Fancy 4-Cheese Mac & Cheese (recipe adapted from Le Creuset Mini-Cocotte Recipe Book)
- 4 cups elbow macaroni
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese
- 1/4 cup fontina cheese
- 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- smoked paprika (optional)
Preheat oven to 430F. Cook macaroni in salted boiling water for ~4 minutes.You don’t want them to be fully cooked since we will be putting them in the oven. Drain pasta & rinse with cold water to stop them from cooking.
On a pan over low flame, melt butter and all cheeses, making sure they’re mixed well. This will take about 8 minutes or so… Add s+p to taste. I also added some smoked paprika because I like a bit of spice in my food :) Mix in the chopped walnuts.
Mix pasta into the cheese mixture, then divide into the mini-cocottes. I put an extra sprinkle of parmesan on top for extra happy.
Bake for 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown & crusty.
I’m thinking of starting a mini-cocottes recipe series, what do you think?