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Mac 'n' Cheese
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There are certain dishes that an eager home cook can pull off and then there are those that require a bit of guidance from someone with a bit more kitchen expertise. I'd been hesitant to admit that Mac 'n' Cheese fell into that category, but this is one case where knowing your roux and embracing fancy bread crumbs and herbs really pays off.
Taking the time to whisk together the flour and butter and then incorporating the cheese makes for a sauce that won't break and become greasy during the baking. Mac 'n' Cheese is one of those dishes where the flavors are sometimes lost before it gets to the table, no matter how sharp the cheddar or Parmesan you use—somehow the elbows manage to dull the cheesy flavors. But that's where the bacon, herbs, and panko come in: The panko adds a buttery crunch to the top of the casserole, the herbs compliment the sharp flavors of the cheeses, and the bacon—well, it makes everything just a little bit better. The combination of the three makes this Mac 'n' Cheese into something a little different from the norm, but somehow so much better.