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As though Macaroni and Cheese isn’t perfect enough on it’s own, put it into a puff pastry crust and you have a luscious treat.
Macaroni And Cheese Puff Pastry Pie
1 pound puff pastry, thawed
1/2 pound elbow macaroni, cooked
1 oz butter, plus extra for greasing ramekins
4 oz mushrooms, quartered
Mornay Sauce (recipe follows)
Parmesan Sauce (recipe follows)
1. Preheat oven to 200℃/400℉.
2. Lightly butter 6 ramekins or 6 individual casserole dishes. Place them on a large baking sheet.
3. Roll out pastry dough and cut out 6 circles large enough to fit bottom of your ramekins. Cut remaining pastry into strips wide enough to line the sides of the ramekins. (My individual casserole dishes are 6 inches across. I use one half of the puff pastry to cut out the circles with some scraps left over. The other half of the pastry was enough to make the strips.) Press the pastry along the bottom edge to seal with the base.
4. Line each ramekin with foil and fill with baking beans. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
5. Bake puff pastry shells for 20 minutes until golden. Remove baking beans and set aside shells.
6. Stir cooked macaroni into Parmesan sauce and warm through.
7. Melt butter in a skillet. Cook mushrooms for 5 minutes until golden brown. Stir into macaroni mixture.
8. Divide macaroni among the pastry cases and spoon mornay sauce over each.
9. Return to oven for about 5 minutes or until hot.
10. Serve in ramekins or invert pies onto serving plates.
1 ounce butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
200ml milk, warmed
1/2 tsp prepared English mustard
3 oz grated cheddar cheese
1. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add flour and cook over low heat for 2 minutes.
2. Gradually add warmed milk, stirring constantly until smooth. Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Stir in the mustard and cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Keep warm.
250ml heavy cream
3 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
2 Tbs crème fraîche
Squeeze of lemon juice, to taste
1. Pour cream into a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. Lower heat and whisk in the Parmesan and crème fraîche. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
Recipes slightly adapted from BBC Good Food Magazine
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