mac and cheese proscuitto cup cakes….

6 Nov

sorry that I don’t have a better picture. I hate cupcakes. I hate the cupcake trend that is sweeping the nation.
However, if that cupcake is a savory mac and cheese pig concoction…LEGO.

you can use normal size or mini size muffin pan so that you could make these a nice size side dish or a teeny little pass around appetizer!

Buy some proscuitto thats about 3 inches wide. And all the stuff for the mac and cheese.

What You Need for Mac and Cheese:

2 1/2 cups of half and half
3.5 cups medium grated sharp cheddar (don’t get reduced fat, this isn’t the time to count your calories, trust me)

2 cups of medium grated jack cheese or mozzarella

1/3 c sour cream

1 T flour

1 T butter

1/2-1 c panko for sprinkling

to make the mac and cheesy:

cook 1/2 lb of small elbows or small shells.

Melt 1 T of butter in a sauce pan (with talllll sides), once melted add 1 T flour and mix with a whisk or spoon until there are no lumps in the roux mixture (culinary talk for flour+butter). Whisk in the half and half and let thicken slightly, about four minutes. Whisk in 3  cups of the cheddar cheese and all of the jack cheese slowly so that no clumps form. Whisk frequently until all of the cheese has melted–you’ll know when it looks right because you will think, “wow this looks like cheese sauce heaven”. At this point you can add in the sour cream. Pour in the pasta and mix it all up!

 

to assemble the dish:

preheat the oven to 375

using a round cookie cutter that is a little larger than the size of your muffin wells, carefully cut out circles from the prosciutto and place them inside the muffin tins. the sides should come up to the top of the well or even a little bit higher. pop the muffin tin filled with the proscuitto circle cut outs into the oven for about 4 (yes, four)  minutes just to crisp a little bit. the pig will experience a little shrinkage, dont worry about it.

take the muffin tin out and fill the proscuitto lined muffin cups with spoon fulls of the mac and cheese topped with some panko and some extra shreds of cheddar.
back into the oven until the tops are golden and bubbly and the proscuitto cups are nice and crispy.
use a spoon to remove and let your taste buds experience a whole new world, a magical place that they never knew.

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One Response to “mac and cheese proscuitto cup cakes….”

  1. Danielle D. November 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    And of course the boys think you are the best cook EVER after enjoying this dinner you made them!

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