Langoustine Macaroni Cheese
I adapted this from the latest issue of Food Network Magazine. Original recipe is Lobster Macaroni Cheese. I bought a 2 lb bag of frozen langoustine meat at Costco. It is similar to lobster, but more like crawfish. Small tails with a similar taste and texture. I break the bag into 2 3 bags for 2 3 meals and I freeze them. When I want to make something with it, I defrost it and use it immediately, no need for extra cooking.
Also I find that no one in our house knows the difference between really good Gruyere cheese and a adidas zx flux cheaper Swiss cheese so I try and find one that is still made in Switzerland but is not $13.00 a pound. i found one today at Shop Rite that was less than $8.00 a pound. I already had a block of s adidas zx flux harp cheddar in the refrigerator so I used that.
Heat milk in a saucepan but DO NOT boil. In a large pot, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add the flour. Cook over LOW heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk (I use a silicone whisk so I don scratch the surface of my pan). Still whisking adidas zx flux , add the hot milk and cook for 1 2 minutes, until it is thick and has a smooth consistency. Remove pan from the heat and add the cheeses, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Mix well until cheese is melted. Stir in cooked pasta and langoustine. Pile the mixture into a large oven proof casserole OR pan (or pour into 6 8 (2 cup) gratin dishes.
Bake for 35 40 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and the top is browned a bit.
original calls for cavatappi or elbow mac. I used Pipette.
original calls for whole milk, I used half reduced fat milk and half soy milk
original calls for Gruyere. I find it is overly expensive so I used a lower priced Swiss cheese, actually from Switzerland.
original calls for Lobster. I used Langoustine, which is a tiny lobster like animal similar to a crawfish, that I buy in 2 lb bags at Costco. Similar in flavor and texture.
original recipe calls for sprinkling 1.5 cups of fresh white bread crumbs on top of the mac and cheese and drizzling adidas zx flux it with butter and then baking. I omitted the bread crumb topping as no one around here likes that.