I’ve worked in restaurants most of my life and at the steak house I served at there was this amazing blue cheese wedge. It was a wedge of iceberg lettuce served with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles, bacon, and tomatoes. I took that same concept and applied it to this gourmet mac and cheese. Of course I had to step it up a notch and make it with sweet maple bacon savory flavor combination.
This would be a perfect dish for a dinner party or as an appetizer with a Lager Beer or Port Red Wine.
Gourmet Mac with Blue Cheese (3-4 servings)
- 8 oz. baby shell pasta (1/2 box)
- 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 8 slices of bacon (cut into small pieces)
- 1/2 cup blue cheese (good quality wedge preferably)
- 1 tomato (diced)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon grade A maple syrup
- salt & pepper
Boil your pasta. In the meantime begin cooking your bacon in a dry fry pan. Crumble the blue cheese.
When your pasta is done, drain and set aside. In a large pot bring the cream to a slight boil and then turn down to medium heat. Continue cooking for 10-15 minutes. Add in the blue cheese, sugar, and nutmeg. Crack some fresh black pepper and stir. Let the saucce continue to thicken for another 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, keep cooking the bacon bits until they are nice and crispy. Spoon them out with a slotted spoon and set on a piece of paper towel. Next, place the bacon back into a clean pan and drizzle the maple syrup over them. Toss gently on low heat until covered, about 3-4 minutes.
Remove and set aside. Now how good does that look? 😉
Add the cooked pasta to the rich blue cheese sauce. Heat on low for a few minutes. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
Serve and garnish with the sweet bacon and fresh tomato.