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Monday, April 26, 2010

Goat Herder's Mac 'N' Cheese - Blue Monday





Mustard Field - Alvadore Oregon



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...If goat herder's actually made mac 'n' cheese this is what they'd eat. This creamy pasta is made from goat's milk and chevre with bits of hot pepper and tomato added for a splash of color. I've used small shells as a vehicle to capture the lovely sauce the macaroni is warmed in, but any pasta could be used. Those who love the crunch of a classic mac 'n' cheese will probably be disappointed with this version, but anyone who is willing to experiment and is looking for a new approach to an old favorite will be pleased. Goat's milk has a salty undertone and is a bit sweeter that cow's milk. While the milk is not popular in the United States, it is the milk of choice in other parts of the world. You should be able to find it in most large grocery chains or in the dairy section of health food stores. This version of mac 'n' cheese is assembled from fully cooked ingredients that are combined and warmed just before serving. The final dish is creamier than it's more common counterpart and it is wonderful as a side with plain grilled meat or poultry. It is very rich so keep serving portions slight smaller than you would normally serve. This is a lovely pasta and, fortunately, it is also easy to do. While I doubt you'll have to worry about leftovers, they will keep for several days if well-wrapped and refrigerated. I hope you'll give this a try. Here's the recipe.

Goat Herder's Mac 'N' Cheese
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

3 cups goat's milk
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and very finely diced
1 large Roma tomato, seed and very finely diced
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
8 ounces cooked shells or other small pasta

Directions:
1) Place goat's milk, salt and pepper in a 3-quart sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer until reduced by one-third. Lower heat and keep warm.
2) Combine butter and flour in a small skillet and whisk over moderate heat until a roux forms. Whisk into goat's milk. Bring mixture back to the simmer and cook until sauce thickens. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Stir in lemon juice, jalapeno, tomato, cheese and pasta and cook until cheese melts and pasta is warmed through. Again check for seasoning. Serve hot. Yield: 4 to 5 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes:
Truffled Mac 'N' Cheese - One Perfect Bite
Chili-Mac Skillet - One Perfect Bite
Heaven-Sent Macaroni and Cheese - Food Blogga
Caramelized Shallots and Sage Mac and Cheese - Nosh and Tell
Mac and Cheese to Please - The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch
Quick Macaroni and Cheese - I'm Running to Eat

This post is being linked to:
Smiling Sally - Blue Monday

62 comments :

bj said...

Hi, Mary..I am up at 1 am and not a bit sleepy. Usually a few minutes at the computer puts me in a sleepy mode...
This Mac N Cheese sounds really good. I've never tasted goat milk..not too anixous but this recipe sounds so good.

I also read you got a virus using FB...sometimes I worry about that, too. So many people and so much going on. People I don't know always want to be friends but I am going to be a lot more careful accepting them. Thanks for the warning.
xo bj

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love pasta - it gives me lots of energy, this sounds really good. Diane

Dave said...

Very interesting entry, thanks for sharing!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Years ago I bought goat's milk from some local people with goats - I won it at an auction. Would love to try your mac n cheese - looks and sounds delicious. Love the field of wild mustard greens - I wrote a post last year about foraging for them - they're delicious by themselves with garlic or in pasta. http://ciaochowlinda.blogspot.com/2009/04/foraging-for-wild-greens.html

Sushma Mallya said...

very beautiful pictures, loved the dish as well..

DailyChef said...

wow this looks awesome. Never tried goat milk before, oddly enough.

Federica said...

adoro la pasta!! questo è piatto è davvero eccezionale!!bravissima!! un abbraccio e buona settimana!!

Devaki said...

Dear Mary - You always take us on a beautiful journey before culminating in a wonderful dish.

So original using fresh chevre in mac and cheese. Lovely with the tomatoes.

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

®osadimaggio63 said...

Hi Mary,
in Italia amiamo molto la pasta con il formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano....
E' il mio piatto preferito !
Buona giornata Myriam

My Little Space said...

Mustard green is very common and cheap over here. Full year supply! No more blue Monday btw, that Mac & Cheese looks like sunshine to me! Yummmm...mm.... Have a wonderful day!
Blessings, Kristy

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Hulllo dear Mary, the pics of the fields full o blooms are lovely...thanxx for the happy sunshine ..
and the Goats cheese n Mac ,sounds very interesting, our tiny idyllic state makes lods of goodies difficult to find but i sure wanna try this one...

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, I ALWAYS have goat cheese in the house and remember drinking goat's milk when we visited my Aunt's mountain home in the mountains in Italy- I will absolutely make this dish!
xoxo Pattie

Ana Powell said...

Lovely, creamy and delicious.
Awesome photo x

Lucie said...

Beautiful pictures, Mary! Your mac n cheese looks delicious.

Joanne said...

I love a good goat cheese. And to put it in mac and cheese form sounds fantastic! It makes me kind of wish I were a goat herder...

lostpastremembered said...

I just had to see what a goat herder would eat, Mary! Let me say that is one lucky guy! I doubt anyone short of Mary ANtoinette at her little farm would be so fortunate... can't wait to try!

Sweet Southern Prep said...

One quick question, I'm considering this for dinner tonight, since it looks so delicious. Do I have to use goat's milk? Would whole milk work fine also? Thanks!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Beautiful pictures, and a very interesting recipe. Love that there is still a mac and cheese that will be new to me. I love goat cheese, so this should be delicious.
♥, Susan

Kim said...

I would love the tang that the goat's milk provides. It looks so smooth and creamy Mary! Another fabulous recipe.

SmilingSally said...

I prefer a creamy mac 'n cheese rather than some crunch, so this recipe would be "right up my alley." Happy Blue Monday, Mary.

Tony The Pink Panda said...

so when is the cook book coming out mary? :)

Pam said...

goat cheese is one of my favorites so this is definitely on my list!

Maria said...

Love this version and the flowers are so pretty!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Sounds very interesting Mary! What a bright background for your photo. What do you use for all of these interesting background colors for your photography?

Cathy said...

I haven't noticed goat's milk in the market. I'll have to pay attention the next time I'm in Whole Foods. Goat's milk cheeses are some of my favorites.

hobby baker said...

Wow. YUM. Must try this. Maybe for lunch...

Holly said...

Oh yummmm!! Looks really good-I love creamy mac n cheese!

Valérie said...

Beautiful! I love goat cheese, and this must give the old mac 'n' cheese a terrific makeover!

Becky K. said...

Mac and cheese is a favorite at our house. Your recipe sounds interesting. I have not had goat's milk since I was a teen. It didn't thrill me then, but I should try it again.

Becky K.

C.G. the Foodie said...

I love goat milk and this recipe sounds fabulous. Thanks!!!

Cherine said...

Your pasta is mouthwatering !!

From the Kitchen said...

Why the umbrellas? Because it has been rain, rain, raining on my head! Why not the umbrellas? Good question. I found them on another blog and they were "up for grabs". I followed the photo to flickr and, sure enough, the photographer (from Barcelona) wanted no credit and therefore did not leave his name just saying "enjoy" in Spanish. I love the photo and have made a copy to hang in a grouping of photos.

They are still up because, somehow, my post for this morning has still not posted. It says "scheduled to post at 11:04 a.m." but it's past that time and no post. First time for this! So, check back for "Potage Vert Pre" maybe later today, or.....

Best,
Bonnie

Big Dude said...

Looks and sounds good to me, but I didn't even get past the name when Bev said "if it's made with goat cheese I'm not interested."

sweetlife said...

love this mac and cheese, perfect for a grown up party...or hungry kiddos..goat cheese and goat milk what great flavors, sorry about the virus..

sweetlife

Kamalika said...

wonderful recipe with a wonderful snap....

Beansieleigh said...

Well.. I've never tried it with goat's cheese, but homemade Mac-n-Cheese has always been a favorite of mine, ever since I was a little girl! Yours certainly looks good, and I'm sure it's delicious! Happy Blue Monday! ~tina

The Red Umbrella said...

Love the photo of the mustard field!

The Diva on a Diet said...

My goodness, Mary, this looks and sounds exquisite! I'm a huge mac 'n cheese fan and alway on the lookout for a new twist. Love the goats milk here and also the addition of the jalapeno. Wow, I can't wait to try this!!

Louis la Vache said...

This is faaaaabulous, Mary!
(And «Louis», always anxious to promote the dairy production of his bovine cousins, even forgives you for using goat's milk instead of cow's milk...)

Here's the correct link to Eleonora's food blog. «Louis» thanks you for pointing out the broken link. He also has the link to her blog in his right side bar above the link to your blog.

Samantha @ The Savvy Soybean said...

This looks absolutely fantastic! I love goat cheese/milk and its tangy flavor. What a sophisticated, beautiful site you have.

taste traveller said...

That's funny - I just made some mac & cheese too (Happy Monday!) Normally I use goat milk & cheese too, it seems so much creamier & nicer. Plus I've been indoctrinated by my local goat cheese farm. Nice pics!

Angie's Recipes said...

I should not have entered this post at 945pm....now I feel so hungry!

The Blonde Duck said...

Any kind of M&C is good M&C.

Juliana said...

Love your version of the mac n cheese...never had with goat cheese :-)

Sandi said...

that looks great Mary and those flowers are soooo pretty...so much yellow....LOL!!!

Have a great day!

Tuty @Scentofspice said...

Goat's milk is actually quite good. The first time I tasted it was over two decades ago.. fresh from the goat :)
The mustard field looked so glorious, Mary. Thank you for sharing those lovely photographs.

Have a blessed week.

Marice said...

these are perfect! yummy and lovely scenery :)

u may view mine here

Biren said...

The pasta looks very inviting and the fields are flowers are so lovely!

Jen_from_NJ said...

Hi Mary, I would love to try your version of mac 'n cheese. It looks so creamy and delicious. The jalapeno must give it a nice little kick. Perfect!

The mustard field is just gorgeous!

Claudia said...

Love the mellow, creamy tang of this. I'm a mouse, I confess. I'll take any cheese (that's you know... real) in my mac 'n cheese.

Bridgett said...

I have never tried this with goats milk before but would love to try it someday soon. We have loads of mustard growing all around us too. Beautiful but horrible for those suffering from allergies!

dinnersanddreams.net said...

What a delicious and fancy version of mac n cheese. Love goat milk and cheese. I must try this!

Nisrine

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Made it! Husband loved it! Thanks so much for the yummy recipe. I'll definitely use it again. :)

Diana said...

Mary, when I was 5 and we moved in with my maternal grandmother, goat's milk is what we drank, and your post took me back to when we would go with my grandfather and take the goats to the "ball diamond" to feed.

These days as we grow older and the old metabolism slows, I try to stay away from carbs, but there is something about mac n cheese and especially anything that has goat cheese, I am willing to try. Thank you Mary.

Jeannie said...

Delicious looking Mac n Cheese! My sons would definitely love this dish! They love anything with cream and cheese come to think of it! Beautiful photos too! Brightens up my pc screen:D

JEANNE said...

Hi Mary, Goats milk does not sound tasty to me. I really dislike milk in general. However, I bet this is delicious. Creamy sounds good to me.
I do love home made Mac and cheese. Forget the stuff in a box. Smile.

Happy cooking.
Hugs, Jeanne

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I do love Mac and Cheese makeovers! This use of goat cheese sounds so fresh and creamy, and evocative of the land.

Debinhawaii said...

Fun--love the use of the goats milk in this. I love goat cheese too. A beautiful dish. ;-)

Diana said...

Dear Mary, I wanted to be sure you saw my response to your question regarding the "ball diamond".

I grew up on the east coast in coal country; my grandfather came to the US in 1909 to work in the coal camps which had company stores, company housing... and company baseball teams. The "ball diamond" was what used to be a company baseball field, a level playing area and sloping rising hillsides.

Overgrown and of course no longer used as a ball field by the time I came along in the 40's, my grandparents used it to take their goats to graze.

Thanks for the reminder. ;)

♥ Kathy said...

I love goats milk cheese..one of my faves!

Gypsy Girl Gourmet said...

My sister and I LOVE goat cheese. This recipe is at the top of the list to try! Yum!

Andreas said...

Sounds really delicious.
Goat milk and jalapeno pepper....

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