Murray’s French Onion Soup Mac & Cheese

Brilliant: combine two classic winter warmers into one delicious dish. Creamy, pungent Scharfe Maxx is the star here. It melts like a dream and its big, oniony flavor makes this mac over the top savory.

BUY THE KIT

INGREDIENTS

Béchamel

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  1. In a large sauté pan set over medium-low heat, add the onions and olive oil and cook until caramelized, about 40 minutes. Be attentive, don’t overstir. When nicely browned and very soft, place in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In the same pan set over medium high heat, cook pancetta until crispy, about 8-10 minutes. Remove and reserve pancetta.
  3. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted, whisk in flour. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until mixture gets slightly darker in color. Add milk to the butter and flour mixture and stir constantly until it comes to a boil. Once the Béchamel boils, it will start to thicken. Once thick whisk in the cheeses, stirring until melted.
  4. Stir in the cooked pasta, the onions and the pancetta until well combined.
  5. Pour into a large baking dish, Dutch oven or cast iron pan and Bake at 375 degree oven for 45 minutes until lightly browned on top.

Superbowl Recipe: Chorizo Chili!

How do you make a classic winter chili even more warming and delicious? Throw in some chorizo for a subtly smoky, spicy twist on this one pot meal. This recipe comes from our own restaurant, Murray’s Cheese Bar. Makes enough to feed a crowd, so it’s perfect for game day! Make sure to have the recipe handy… they’re gonna ask for it.

 

Murray’s Cheese Bar Chorizo Chili

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Olive oil

2 strips bacon, cut in ¼ inch strips

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 ea green bell pepper, chopped

1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced

1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb ground beef

1 lb ground pork

1/4 lb chorizo (if using fully cooked or cured, chop into ½ inch or smaller pieces; if using raw, remove casing before cooking)

28 oz can peeled whole tomatoes, chopped

28 oz can black beans

1.5 cups beef broth

1.5 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

2 Tbsp paprika

1/2  cup cilantro, chopped

1 cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

Instructions:

  1. Heat Oil in large pot over medium high heat. Add bacon, cook until slightly crisp
  2. Add Onion, Green Pepper, and Garlic to pot and sauté till aromatic. Add Beef and Pork to pot and cook until browned
  3. Add remaining items to pan. Once boiling, lower heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  4. Season with Salt and Pepper
  5. Top with Sour Cream, Cilantro, and Cheddar Cheese. Serve with Tortilla Chips.

Serves: 10

Total Time:2.5

Creamy Mac & Cheese For Kids

Kids tend to like the boxed stuff, but this version will win them over with gooey goodness (and none of the yucky processed stuff). Fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano makes this a dish grown-ups will love, too!

 

INGREDIENTS

Directions

  1. Bring 2 quarts of water to boil in large pot. Add salt and pasta. Cook pasta al dente following manufacturer’s instructions. Drain pasta, then pour onto a large lipped baking sheet to cool and prevent sticking while preparing sauce.
  2. Lightly heat the milk and broth in a sauce pan. Melt butter in the empty pasta pot; whisk in flour, followed by warm milk mixture. Continue to whisk until thick and bubbly, 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk in mustard & Parmigiano. Turn off heat, stir in grated Gouda until melted.
  3. Add drained pasta to sauce, and stir until everything is well combined over low heat. Stir to heat through, and thin with a little water if the sauce is too thick. Serve hot.

Parmigiano Reggiano “Frico Flats”

These little savory bites take only three ingredients and a few minutes to make. Delicious as a snack or alongside soup – eat with caution, these crisps are addictively tasty!

image via Gourmet.com

(Makes about 20)

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano

1/4 cup plain flour

Ground black pepper

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Finely grate the Parmigiano Reggiano and set aside.

In a small bowl, toss together the cheese and flour and season with up to a 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, depending on your taste.

On a sheet pan lined with a nonstick liner or parchment paper, mound a rounded tablespoon of the mixture spaced a few inches apart.

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Remove from the sheet pan while still warm and allow to cool slightly.

 

Find more recipes on the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium website.

Summertime: Make the Most of Your Mozz!

Sean Kelly is our all-star monger who will be competing at the Cheesemonger Invitational this Saturday! Don’t forget to VOTE FOR HIM on Facebook!

At Murray’s when we think of summer cheese we think FRESH! While we always love our stinky, nutty, firm and aged cheese friends, fresh cheeses go with warm weather picnics and sunlight like an oyster stout pairs with a strong washed rind. (Hint: that is an awesome pairing) But who is the undisputed king of the fresh cheeses? The noble mozzarella, of course.

Mozzarella is a proud member of the pasta filata, or “stretched curd”, family of cheeses, meaning that the curds are kneaded together, stretched, and re-kneaded repeatedly until the desired texture is achieved. It’s this process that is responsible for mozzarella’s stringy consistency and lively, bouncy texture. The stretched curd family of cheeses branches out into several other groups as well, and includes provolone and caciocavallo. But mozzarella will always be the cornerstone of the style, and now that summer is finally here mozzarella season is in full swing.

What better time to better know your mozz? Here are a few of our favorites for the season.

Maple Brook Burrata:

Meaning “buttered” in Italian, burrata is comprised of a thin sheet of mozzarella filled with fresh curds and cream. Burrata originated as a way for cheesemakers to utilize the leftover curds from the cheesemaking process and, like many foods with exceedingly practical origins, it has become one of the best options out there. Maple Brook Farm, who makes rich, fresh and traditional burrata, learned their technique from an Italian cheesemaker from Puglia, in the heart of mozzarella country. If you think the idea of a cream and curd-filled mozzarella pocket bears a striking resemblance to some sort of criminally decadent dessert, you’re not alone. We love serving these bundles of delight with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar for a savory sundae.

Buffalo Mozzaralla:

A far cry from the behemoths you may have seen on the back of a nickel, the Italian water buffalo is a dairy animal known for producing incredibly rich and flavorful milk perfect for cheesemaking. Buffalo milk is the traditional milk used for Italian mozzarella making, and Torre Lupara farm has been doing it since 1946 with a herd of 2,000 buffalo. Buffalo mozzarella provides an extra savory kick, tang and depth of flavor that makes it perfect for adding a layer of richness and moisture to just about anything. We love it in a BLT (a BBLT, if you will) instead of mayo. Or, if you have no sense of shame and love delicious things, just eat it whole, like an apple!

Lioni Mozzarella:

The classic standby for cooking and snacking, cow’s milk mozzarella has a very special place in America’s culinary heart, particularly here in New York City. Made fresh in Brooklyn by Lioni Latticini from whole cows’ milk, this mozzarella embodies traditional Italian flavor while maintaining a commitment to locally sourced ingredients and careful attention to detail. This cheese absolutely begs to be toasted atop a meatball hero or paired with paper thin prosciutto for a smooth and salty snack. If you’re tired of the same old-same old tomato/basil/mozzarella combo, try this fruity variation: mango/mint/mozzarella.