Truffle Mac ‘N Cheese. Are there any 3 words in the English language that go better together and sound so darn tasty??
I sit at work and look at, talk about, read and photograph food all day long. From my first sliced shaving when traveling through Tuscany during truffle season in October 2002 to the Truffle, Parmesan & Black Garlic Seasoning we use regularly here at home, truffles have always had a very special place in my heart (stomach actually).
I decided it was time to scope out some of the very best best Truffle Mac ‘N Cheese recipes . . . these three really stood out (in no particular order).
1. Chef Dave Martin appeared on the first season of the Bravo show Top Chef and it was his Black Truffle Mac n’ Cheese recipe that he prepared in the second to last episode that first put him on the map. It was this dish that pushed him into the Top Chef Finale that year in Las Vegas. He has been in the spotlight ever since.
Any recipe that calls for 24 cloves of garlic, tobasco, heavy cream and black truffle shavings along with white truffle oil. . . had me at hello!
2. Mario Batali. What can one say about the Mario. . .to me, the ultimate Italian chef. From Po to Babbo to Esca to Lupa to Otto, I can honestly say I have had some of the very best meals of my life in his restaurants. So of course, Mario’s Truffle Mac-N-Cheese had to make the list.
What makes his so special. First off it starts with roasted caulifower of which I am a super huge fan. And then anything that also adds “3 cups of Bechamel” and truffles . . . well what could possibly be wrong with that. Try it for yourself.
3. The Barefoot Contessa – Ina Garten. A woman after my own heart. Someone who followed her passion for food into a whole new life. She always offers great recipes, ideas and tips to make your time in the kitchen a much more enjoyable one.
The standouts of The Barefoot Contessa’s Truffled Mac & Cheese are the inclusion of not only tons of Gruyere, extra-sharp Cheddar and white truffle butter but also the addition of both shiitake and cremini mushrooms. For me, everything tastes better with mushrooms.
What about you?? What is your favorite? Share YOUR favorite Truffled Mac ‘N Cheese recipe with Shami’s Gourmet and we just might highlight as the recipe of the week.
If you are planning trying any of these recipes, or even your own, check out Truffles Collection here.