Mac & Cheese 10 Country Flavor Tour: America's Favorite Comfort Food Goes Global
Historians believe macaroni and cheese originated in Northern Europe, later making its way to the rest of the world. It was introduced to America in the 1800s by Thomas Jefferson, who, while visiting France, fell in love with the dish and brought home recipes and a pasta machine. He even served mac and cheese at an 1802 state dinner. Just as we love it in America, so do people around the world. But macaroni and cheese isn’t made the same in every country. People around the world have their own variations in how they prepare this universal comfort food.
Starting on February 2nd and running 10 weeks through April 12th, Mr. Mac’s will feature a flavor inspired mac and cheese recipe showcasing a different country each week:
Week 1 – 2/2 to 2/8 – United Kingdom featuring “The Nottingham” Inspired by simple flavors from the English countryside. This dish featuring the rich tangy flavors of Aged English cheddar cheese, vine ripened tomatoes, fresh creamery butter, and toasted breadcrumbs is simply delicious.
Week 2 – 2/9 to 2/15 – Greece featuring “Mykonos Mac” We have taken some liberty and combined the briny, tangy flavors of the Mediterranean region in our Greek inspired macaroni and cheese. We start with fresh mozzarella and feta cheeses then add artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives and sundried tomatoes.
Week 3 – 2/16 to 2/22 – France featuring “The Parisian” The flavor of truffles combined with mac and cheese is a sublime pairing of haute and homey. To create our earthy, savory dish we feature truffle oil, truffle butter, mushrooms and gruyere cheese which produce a unique savory, earthy flavor that is unforgettable.
Week 4 – 2/23 to 3/1 – Switzerland featuring “The Alpine Mac” The traditional Swiss macaroni and cheese is known as Alplermagronen. Our version of this heart-warming, soul-satisfying comfort food treat features Swiss cheese, onions, bacon, and potatoes. Week 5 – 3/2 to 3/8 – Italy featuring “Quatro Formaggio” “Quattro formaggi” literally translates to “four cheeses”. This is a classic Italian mac and cheese dish. Our version uses a mixture of Asiago, Parmesan, mozzarella and Provolone cheeses which we combine with prosciutto to add a savory dimension to this cheesy dish.
Week 6 – 3/9 to 3/15 – Japan featuring “Teriyaki Mac” Our Teriyaki Mac is an inspired fusion of east meets west. We blend carrots, broccoli, onions, and peppers with Teriyaki sauce then add provolone cheese for an extra savory flavor. You can add chicken, shrimp, or steak to make this dish even heartier. Continued….
Week 7 – 3/16 to 3/22 –Ireland featuring “The Dubliner” This is a very hearty macaroni and cheese dish. We take shredded pot roast, peas, carrots, and roasted potatoes and combine them with cheddar and Kerrygold Dubliner cheeses and a splash of Guinness stout to create a satisfying, hearty, rustic dish.
Week 8 – 3/23 to 3/29 – Germany featuring “The Bavarian” This simple straightforward dish is inspired by German Kasespatzel recipes which are a traditional Deutsch comfort food. Our version features the rich and savory flavors of Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions.
Week 9 – 3/30 to 4/5 – Mexico featuring “Queso Mac” This Mexican inspired recipe is a fiesta in your mouth. We use queso fresco and pepper jack cheeses and blend them with fresh diced tomatoes, and jalapeno peppers; and then we top the dish off with tortilla chips, black beans, and corn salsa.
Week 10 – 4/6 to 4/12 – “Morocco featuring the Casablanca” Inspired by one of the most diverse cuisines in the world. Our recipe features exotic spices in a red sauce mixed with ground beef, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses, then topped with our signature béchamel sauce.
As an added fun feature of the 10 week Around The World Mac & Cheese celebration, each time someone orders a featured country mac and cheese, they will receive a “Mac & Cheese Passport” that provides them the opportunity to enter to win a 2015 “Frequent Flyer Mac & Cheese Passport” from Mr. Mac’s. 10 winners will each receive the prize that gives them a monthly discount on orders.
Mr. Mac’s Macaroni and Cheese is located at 497 Hooksett Road in Manchester, NH. For information visit www.Mr-Macs.com or call 603.606.1760.
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