Happy Monday friends!
How was your weekend? I started mine off with an early morning test (yuck), but it definitely picked up from there–a little shopping, some impromptu wine tasting, and a much needed relaxing movie night. We’re supposed to get great weather this week on the central coast. I guess the weather gods want to make up for all of the thunder and lightening and hail we got last week which us central coasters are so not used to! I’m looking at it was my initiation for moving to Virginia where I hear the weather is a lot more varied and crazy than it is here!
Way back at the end of January, I actually shared this recipe with you all on the weekly Recipes Around the Web post. Now, just a few weeks later, I finally got around to making it and wanted to share the process, and my alterations/substitutions with you.
This recipe is actually from Southern Living’s “Comfort Food Cook Off” and was created by southern chef Hugh Acheson. According to Hugh,
“This recipe’s roots are classically Southern with the hearty addition of leeks and bacon. I also like to use Canadian Cheddar, which reminds me of my childhood growing up outside of Ottawa. That’s a key element to comfort food—it has that resonating cord in your history. The dish, like me, is a lot of Canada happily enmeshed in the South.”
I was really really curious about adding the leeks to the mac & cheese. But, the recipe calls for boiling and draining the leeks and somewhere in the process, ours just became so waterlogged and soggy that they were unusable :(. So, if any of you try this recipe again, you’ll have to let me know if you have better success! We also substituted half and half for the heavy cream, mainly because it’s what I use in my coffee anyway, so I didn’t want to buy anything else.
I served the mac & cheese in my favorite Le Creuset mini-croquettes. Instead of baking the whole mac & cheese in the skillet, I think it might be fun to bake them individually in these to maybe serve as a fun appetizer at a party or just to help with portion control. Because I don’t know about you, but I tend to have quite a few servings of mac & cheese when I make it!
You can find the recipe on Southern Living’s website here.