Thursday, February 28, 2013

Steak n' Havarti Mac and Cheese!

Macaroni and cheese is not only popular with the kids, adults can also be included in the bunch. More and more chefs and mac and cheese enthusiasts have come up with spins and variations that elevate this wonderful complete protein combination to all new heights. Ingredients are virtually limitless when swapping out pastas and  cheeses, including add in's like lobster and steak.   Adding savory steak bites and carmelized onions, help achieve an over the top and super protein packed punch. This recipe is suitable for an amazing meal for adults. The cheese for this recipe is Havarti,  Danish in orgin, also a pasturized,cow's milk cheese, named after a farmer's estate in the 19th century, aged for at least 1 month.  Havarti is often flavored with dill, chili or cumin, and has a natural washed soft rind .
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp.brown sugar
1 lb. ziti, cooked  al dente, in salted water, reserving about 1 1/2 cups pasta water.
1 lb. bite sized steak pieces, such as for stir frying, sauteed for about 2 minutes in a drizzle of olive oil over medium high heat
8 oz. Havarti w/ dill, cut into cubes
1/2 c. frozen or fresh peas
Olive oil for drizzling
In a large saute pan over medium high heat, drizzle with oil and melt butter.
Once small bubbles form and sizzling, add onions, sugar and SPST, stirring frequently until fragrant, about 4 minutes, reduce heat to medium low and cook until onions are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
Once onions are carmelized, remove from pan, and return heat to medium high.
Drizzle with olive oil and add steak bites.  SPST
Saute until no longer pink and some browning occurs, about 2 minutes.
Add pasta water and bring up to a boil.
Add cheese and reduce heat to medium low.  Stir until cheese is melted and add pasta.
Fold until pasta is coated and heated through.
Fold in onions and peas. Drizzle with olive oil and  SPST.  Cover.
Turn  off heat.
Let stand for 5 minutes, for peas to heat through.  Serves 6 to 8.

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