I am a sucker for macaroni and cheese. OK, let’s face it, I am sucker for any comfort food. So when Tina over at Mom’s Crazy Cooking announced a crazy cooking challenge for mac and cheese, I knew I couldn’t miss it.
I bring you brand new. First time ever. Well, for me. We had to clean rearrange the freezer this weekend to get some freezer beef in it. I found I had some unused duck from my friends at Maple Leaf Farms.
So, I bring you duck mac and cheese.
It came shrink wrapped which made my quick defrost in the microwave easy.
When it was thawed, I removed the bones and cut up the duck. I also removed most of the skin.
At the same time I got cooking my pasta. I used a whole grain penne, but use whatever you have. This box was a little shy of a full pound.
I add salt to the water when I cook pasta. I love salt. I can’t help my self.
Then I toss the cubed duck in a skillet with about a quarter of onion and 2 chopped cloves of garlic. Cook until duck is completely heated and onions are soft.
Remove from the pan and let set. But the remnants in the pan are too good to not use, so pour about 1/4 a cup of broth or wine into the skillet to soften it all up.
Then grab a can of evaporated milk and pour right into skillet with all the yummy goodness that you just softened up.
Then add about 1 1/2 cups of swiss cheese. More if you would like. Extra cheese won’t hurt anyone!
Go ahead and add about 1 tablespoon of parsley, a teaspoon or two of salt, and about 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper. Add another cup of regular milk. When the milk and cheese just begin to boil (you better be stirring the whole time), add the duck and onions.
Now, when your pasta was done cooking, you should just pour it into a butter casserole dish.
Then it is ready to have the duck and cheese sauce poured over top. Stir together.
Go grate another 1/2 cup of Swiss cheese. Sprinkle over top.
Then bake it for about 25-30 minutes.
Expect to love it. Duck might be my new bacon. Loved this. Go ahead, peel off a piece of penne from the top before you serve your family…you know I did:)
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