Gruyére Mac & Cheese with Fig Toasts…

This dish is FABULICIOUS!!! No joke. I love when these ideas come together in the middle of a grocery store. I swear I have a little chef angel sitting on my shoulder.

Anyways the sweet fig preserves compliment the sharp taste of the Gruyére cheese beautifully. For those who don’t know – Gruyére is a hard yellow cheese named after a town in Switzerland, yes…

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This meal is great if you are having dinner with a bunch of friends. You could even go in on it together and pitch in about $5 per head for (4) guests. There is plenty of mac to go around, it’s gourmet, and yes easy. If you have leftovers you can always freeze them for a special occasion, wink wink…

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At first, I was intimidated by these gourmet macs with fancy cheeses and all, but then I started experimenting with them. 😉  The trick is a food processor. If you have one of these babies your life will be 10 times easier!! The shred disc will be used for the cheese (face up). Just make sure you remove the chopping blade when using the disc. (I learned this the hard way by double chopping my cheese, lol…) For the onion and garlic, pulse until finely diced using the regular chopping blade.

Gruyére Mac & Cheese with Fig Toasts

  • 1 sweet  onion (finely diced)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb box elbow macaroni
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup sherry wine 😉
  • 8 0z of Gruyére cheese
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar (1/2 brick)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Boil the box of macaroni in salted water. Drain. In same pot add in the butter. Once the butter is nice and bubbly add in your onion on medium heat – stirring until golden brown.

Add in your minced garlic, stirring for another minute. Pour in the sherry. Wait for the alcohol to burn off. Remove the onion mixture from pot and set aside. That was easy. 🙂

In the same pot you cooked the onion pour in the heavy cream. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to low. Add in the worcestershire sauce and nutmeg.

This is where your whisk comes in handy. Slowly add in the cheese whisking into the cream. Stir in the magical onion mixture…

Slowly add in your cooked macaroni.

Stir on low, salt & pepper, and your done!! 🙂 Onto the dashing Fig Toasts…

Fig Toasts

  • 1 French baguette
  • fig preserves
  • butter
  • 1/2 garlic clove

With a bread knife slice the baguette on a slight angle. Rub the slices with the garlic clove. In a fry pan heat up some butter. Place the slices in the pan.

After 3 min. flip. 😉

Spread toasts with butter, than top with the fig preserves. 😉

I found these cute little jars for .99 next to the cheese section.

Well, that wraps up our meal!! So gourmet, and so easy.

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I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this meal.

Bon Appetite!

♥ Miss Amy

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