Smoked Salmon Mac and Cheese

A really delicious version of the traditional (if you're American) Mac 'N Cheese.  This includes a sprinkling in between layers of sliced fresh basil, and bits of chopped, smoked salmon in the center.  I made a white sauce using buttermilk and some sour cream, and the cheese was a medium cheddar and Parmesan.  Toasted, buttered breadcrumbs on top.  Oh boy.  True comfort food.

Neither of us are gluten intolerant, but just for easier digestion, I've been cutting down on our intake, whenever it's easy enough, as with this "gluten free" Quinoa Macaroni.  Taste wise, it is indistinguishable from the other, at least to me.  Maybe not to the refined buds of a professional taste tester.

Also, and on a side note, I am learning (it's taken long enough) to carefully do a mise en place for my meals.  Sometimes, just winging it turns out to be really a hot, sweaty, tiring operation.  Taking the extra time, starting early enough, and laying everything out nicely, makes cooking so much more enjoyable.  I say this in admission of what was not done for this particular dish.  Leaping into action at the last possible moment, throwing things together, hot, bothered, and snapping at my poor husband, who had the luck to arrive at just that point.  I had thought one of our grandkids would be coming along with him, which was the inspiration behind this, one of their favorite meals.  Okay, mine too, and Bob's.

Smoked Salmon Macaroni and Cheese
I posted the basic recipe over a year ago, that version with Serrano ham and minced onion in it.  I also used Fontina cheese for that one.  This basic, old Roman dish is quite adaptable.  Crispy bacon in there would be hugely popular, I'm sure.   How about a layer of chard, par-boiled and chopped, with maybe some chopped hard cooked eggs?  Call it Florentine.  Hidden inside delights.

Serve with a chilled Rose, crusty baguette, and green salad.  An extremely satisfying meal, it goes over to the inter web, weekly, world potluck at Presto Pasta Nights, hosted this round by Abby of Eat the Right Stuff.  Thanks to our lovely moderator and founder, Ruth of Once Upon a Feast, you can check out pastas from all over the world.


abby said...

i love the idea of adding smoked salmon. and washing it all down with a glass of chilled rose - thanks for sharing with ppn claudia!

Nic said...

This looks delicious. I love the addition of smoked salmon and fontina as a twist on traditional macaroni cheese. I'm definitely going to try this one!

The Food Hunter said...

Great addition to a classic dish

Julie said...

I haven't seen the quinoa pasta. I will have to check the organic/health section when I go to the store. This looks delicious. Smoked salmon! YUM!!!

Katerina said...

Smoked salmon certainly adds to the flavor. Excellent idea.