Recipe courtesy of Avery Thompson and Donny D'Alessio
Episode: Comfort Food
Brunch Mac and Cheese
Total:
1 hr 10 min
Active:
45 min
Yield:
1 serving; 12 cups bechamel
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr 10 min
Active:
45 min
Yield:
1 serving; 12 cups bechamel
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Bechamel Sauce:
  • 3 cups butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups cream
  • Fine salt and freshly ground black pepper
Mac and Cheese:
  • 1/4 cup chopped bacon
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar
  • 1/4 cup shredded fontina
  • Fine salt and freshly ground black pepper
Topping:
  • 1/8 cup shredded Cheddar
  • 1/8 cup shredded fontina
  • 1/8 cup diced fried potato
  • 1 poached or fried egg
  • Chopped scallions, for garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper, for garnish

Directions

For the bechamel sauce: Melt the butter down completely over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk together until the flour is completely mixed in and you have a thick gravy-like consistency, 5 minutes.

Combine the milk and cream in a saucepan over medium heat, and when the milk is boiling, slowly add in the butter-flour mixture and cook, stirring, until it has thickened into a sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Reserve 10 ounces of the bechamel sauce for the mac and cheese; set aside the remaining bechamel for another use.

For the mac and cheese: Preheat the broiler.

Fry the bacon in a small pan until crisp. Remove the pieces with a slotted spoon.

Add the reserved bechamel sauce to a 12-inch skillet over medium heat; mix in the macaroni, Cheddar, fontina and bacon. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the mixture to a 16-ounce casserole dish (single-serving size).

For the topping: Top the casserole with the Cheddar, fontina, fried potato and egg. Cook under the broiler until the topping looks golden brown.

Garnish with scallions and freshly ground black pepper and serve.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Garlic Cheese Grits

Recipe courtesy of Threadgill's

Corn Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Dave Pasternack

Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

Unwrapped

7am | 6c

Unwrapped

7:30am | 6:30c

Unwrapped

8am | 7c

Unwrapped

8:30am | 7:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

9:30am | 8:30c

Donut Showdown

10:30am | 9:30c

Donut Showdown

11am | 10c

Sugar Showdown

11:30am | 10:30c

Sugar Showdown

12pm | 11c

Sugar Showdown

12:30pm | 11:30c
1pm | 12c
2pm | 1c
3pm | 2c
4pm | 3c

Cake Hunters

5:30pm | 4:30c

Carnival Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Carnival Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Dinner at Tiffani's

8pm | 7c

Tia Mowry at Home

8:30pm | 7:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

9:30pm | 8:30c

Unwrapped

10pm | 9c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Tia Mowry at Home

12:30am | 11:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

1am | 12c

Unwrapped 2.0

1:30am | 12:30c

Unwrapped

2am | 1c

Good Eats

3am | 2c