I was at a recent backyard potluck, and someone brought us a very good homemade truffle mac and cheese. Their secret? Worcestershire Sauce.
If you watch any amount of cooking shows, you’ll hear chefs talk about balancing dishes. Your main flavour components are; salt, acid, fat, and umami. Truffles and cheese bring the salt, fat, and umami, but the addition of the Worcestershire rounds out the flavour in a subtle way that allows the truffle to really shine.
- Add an egg into the sauce when melting the cheese for extra creaminess and texture
- Add less mozzarella and substitue for smoked gouda for an intese flavour combination
- Top with seasoned breadcrumbs for the last 10 minutes of the bake for a crunchy crust
- Consider adding peas or lemon juice to break up the flavour if you find truffles a little intense
- Fresh truffle is really expensive, so this cheese is a great way to inulge in the flavour if you’re a fan
What is Worcestershire sauce?
It’s simply a number of seasonings, and traditionally anchovies, fermented in vinegar.
Black Truffle mac and Cheese
- Pot x2
- Bake Safe Dish
- 100 g Black Truffle Monterey Jack Bothwell
- 100 g Mozzarella
- ½ Cup 10% Cream
- 2 tbsp Butter salted
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- 3 tbsp Cream Cheese
- 5 shakes Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tbsp Salt
- 175 g Macaroni Noodles
- Preheat your oven to 350F (175C)
- Bring a pot of water to a boil with the salt. Add the Maccoroni noodles and cook to 2 min less than package instructions.
- In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter in the cream with the garlic powder
- Once the butter/cream the mixture is warm, slowly add the cheeses, string constantly and only increasing the temperature a little at a time, as needed
- add your Worcestershire Sauce, and mix in the noodles to ensure they are well coated
- Use butter to line your bake-safe dish, and cover the top with a lid or aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
- Let rest for 5 min before serving
always think of mac and cheese as a Canadian meal, but it was recorded in European cookbooks since the 13th or 14th century.
Regardless of where it came from, it is still top-notch comfort food. If you have any favourite mac and cheese recipes, share them with me in the comments below. I was thinking of trying a bbq Macaroni and cheese next?
If you have extra Mac on hand and need a way to make it more interesting, try it inside a grilled cheese!