dairy full mac and cheese photo by vsimon
The stuff in the blue box is the cheesiest? I don’t think so. A powdered cheese packet just cannot compare.
We like this adult version of gluten free, dairy full, mac and cheese. It really is cheesy, sharp cheddar cheesy. And we live in Wisconsin, so our cheddar is orange.
This mac and cheese also has a kick of spicy cayenne. But to keep peace in the family, you can make it kid friendly with mild cheddar and no spice.
Can I make it low lactose? Lactose and I are not friends.
Sure, easily. Use lactose free milk. Cheddar is naturally very, very low in lactose.
What other kinds of milk can I use?
Regular, low fat, fat free, they all work. But since this is dairy full mac and cheese, use cow’s milk.
Sweet rice flour
This sauce is thickened with sweet rice flour. Also known as glutinous rice flour. Do not be alarmed, it does not have any gluten.
It is called glutinous rice because it is sticky when it is cooked. And the flour thickens sauces beautifully. I use it for all clients, even those who are not gluten free.
It just works better than wheat flour. Especially if you are freezing (and thawing) a saucy dish. It does not curdle, weep, or separate after it is thawed.
So make a bunch, put into individual containers with lids and freeze for future comfort. Thaw overnight in the fridge and warm in the microwave for just a few minutes.
We often roast cherry tomatoes and serve them on top of the mac and cheese. That is REALLY a good idea. Roasted mushrooms are great too.
Macaroni and Cheese
|Serves 4||metric measures|
|8 oz gluten free pasta||225 gm|
|2 cups milk||480 ml|
|2 tablespoons sweet rice flour||10 gm|
|1 teaspoon salt||5 gm|
|¼ tsp cayenne, optional||generous pinch|
|2 cups (8 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese||225 gm|
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
In another saucepan, make a white sauce. Stir together milk, sweet rice flour, salt, and cayenne if using. Cook over medium heat until thickened.
Remove pan from the burner and add the cheese. Stir until melted.
Add pasta to cheese sauce, mix well. Serve it up!
ready to dig in? photo by vsimon