Featured Wisconsin Cheeses: Aged Asiago, Sharp Cheddar
Asiago Fig Macaroni & Cheese
1 pound dried macaroni of your choice (cavatappi is used here)
4 cups milk
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups (16 ounces) Aged Wisconsin Asiago Cheese, shredded
2 cups (8 ounces) sharp Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon kosher salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 cup bread crumbs*
1/2 cup dried Mission figs, finely chopped (or ground in food processor)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare macaroni according to the box directions, remembering to
salt the water. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, start the roux – the essential base for a creamy macaroni and cheese.
In a small saucepan, heat the milk without letting it boil.
In a separate, larger saucepan over medium heat, melt 6 tablespoons of the butter.
Once melted, quickly whisk in the flour and continue whisking until the mixture becomes a paste,
cooking for a couple of minutes to remove the flour taste, but do not let it burn.
Next, whisk the warm milk into the roux, stirring until the mixture is fully combined and starts to thicken.
Turn the heat to very low and whisk in the grated Asiago and Cheddar cheeses until smooth.
Stir in the kosher salt and a pinch of black pepper.
Combine macaroni with the cheese mixture in a large mixing bowl. Pour the mixture into a large,
13×9-inch oven-safe baking dish.
Next, make the topping. In a mixing bowl, combine the bread crumbs and chopped figs.
Using your hands, evenly sprinkle over the top of the macaroni & cheese. Melt the remaining
4 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over top. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes until the top is golden.
Serve and enjoy the sharp Asiago macaroni offset by the sweet fig topping!
Note: if making in advance, prepare the macaroni & cheese in the baking dish and cover.
When ready to bake, add the fig topping.
So there you have it. A fun, unique and grown-up way to dish up your macaroni & cheese!
*I recommend fresh bread, about 5-6 slices, ground in food processor, but pre-made bread crumbs will work as well.
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