Saturday, September 13, 2008

Rosemary's Smoky Baby Cheezy Mac

For me, macaroni and cheese is the epitome of comfort food. But, it seems I can't resist playing games with my basic recipe. Admittedly, sometimes my experiments flop. But, sometimes I happen upon something that's worth repeating.

The other night was one of those nights. It was on Friday, and both Peef and I had just finished a pretty hard week at work. The weather was rainy and cool. And we didn't have any plans, except snuggling up on the couch with some dinner and a good movie. The perfect sortofa night to slip into a steamy bowl of rich and creamy mac & cheeze.

Of course, one look at the kitchen counter showed me that we really needed to eat up a few cherry tomatoes. I knew I had a head of roasted garlic to use. And a glance toward the garden reminded me that the rosemary really needed a bit of a hair cut. So, I started to throw things together.

And so, Rosemary's Smoky Baby Cheezy Mac was born. You can thank Peef for the name.

This is one adult macaroni and cheese. Rich, dreamy, creamy, and herby. The rosemary really played well with the sweetness of the roasted garlic. And everything bowed before the slight smokiness of the Swiss cheese... which fell in love with the sweet wonder of the roasted cherry tomatoes. It's everything you'd want in late summer comfort food.

Make your own Rosemary's Smoky Baby Cheezy Mac


  1. The title made me laugh out loud! Looks and sounds amazing! Love the smoky.

  2. What a clever title! Ha! Love the recipe. Smokey swiss sounds good, as does the roasted garlic! YUM!

  3. That looks really delicious. The next time Sir Pickypants goes on a long business trip, I'm doing mac and cheese for dinner. I'm surrounded by so much inspiration lately.

  4. this looks so creamy and gooey! I wouldn't turn down a plate :)

  5. This looks fantastic. One question. You mentioned rosemary but I don't see it in the ingredients or when you added it.

  6. Hey Lori -
    Sorry about that! Apparently, I neglected to write down the rosemary when I was typing out the recipe.

    It's about 1 T fresh rosemary -- added to the butter/flour when making the bechemel.

    Hope that helps!

  7. No worries. I made it last nite sans rosemary - we didn't have any in the house and the one in the garden died after years. :-( It was still wonderful. Husband is having some leftovers right now. The house smells of smoky goodness!

  8. Drool - I love grown up mac and cheese... and with a full-blown head cold right now I could definitely be doing with a bit of that comfort factor...!

  9. Oh. My. Goodness. Yummy. I too have cherry tomatoes that need to be used, but this may break my buy-as-little-as-possible-until-the-end-of-the-month budget constraints. Hmmm...what to do, what to do? :)


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