Featured Wisconsin Cheeses: GranQueso
GranQueso & Serrano Ham Mac ‘n Cheese
Makes 6 servings
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) Serrano ham, thinly sliced and diced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups half-and-half
2 cups macaroni, about 8 ounces
2 1/2 cups (about 9-10 ounces) shredded Wisconsin GranQueso Cheese
1/4 cup Wisconsin Parmesan Cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet.
Add the onions and ham and cook over medium high heat, stirring just until tender
but not brown, about 5 minutes.
In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add the flour and cook over moderately
high heat, whisking, for 2 minutes or until it turns golden. Add the half-and-half and
bring to a simmer, whisk constantly until creamy and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the macaroni 3 minutes LESS than directed
on the package, until nearly but not quite al dente. Drain well and add to the pot with the sauce,
stir to combine. Mix in the cheeses, the onions and ham until evenly incorporated.
Transfer the macaroni to a 2.2-quart baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, then broil until
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there are a few brown patches on top, about 3-5 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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