Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

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12oz (340 grams) Gluten Free Elbow Pasta (cooked al dente)

4 Tablespoons Butter
4 Tablespoons Gluten Free Flour
2 Cups Milk
2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese, Grated
1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar, Grated
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
Salt and Pepper
Pinch of Nutmeg

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METHOD

Preheat oven to 375F or 190C

1. Cook pasta according to packaging but make sure to cook it al dente and not completely soft. Drain and set aside.
2. Melt butter in a medium sized saucepan.
3. Add flour to melted butter and cook for 1 minute.
4. Remove from heat and whisk in milk, carefully stirring until smooth and no lumps
5. Add back to medium heat and continuously stir until roux thickens and coats the back of the spoon.
6. Once thick, add 1.5 cups of grated mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese and stir until cheese is melted and mixed evenly.
7. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg
8. Remove from the heat and mix in the cooked pasta.

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9. Transfer to a 13 x 9 pyrex, or oven proof dish, and top with remaining cheese.

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10. Bake for 20-30 mins until side are bubbling and top gets browned.

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Marinated cheese salad

IMG_5240This is delicious served with crisp flat bread or focaccia  and white wine in the summer. Due to it being marinated it will keeps for ages in the refrigerator.

INGREDIENTS
2 balls firm mozzarella cheese – cubed
250 grams feta cheese – rinsed and cubed
1/2 cup pitted black olives – cut in half
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes – sliced into 1/3rds
3 cloves garlic – crushed
5 whole chillies – red or green
3/4 cup pecan nuts – broken in half and added when serving
Fresh basil leaves for decorating

DRESSING
1 cup oil -not extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt

METHOD
1. Place all ingredients into a large rectangular plastic container with a lid.
2. Pour over the dressing.
3. Leave to marinade for a few days.
4. Decorate with fresh basil and pecan nuts before serving.

Seven Layer Taco Dip

 

This dip brings back wonderful memories of holidays with the family. I would make this dip to take to the beach for sun-downers. Everyone wanted what was in my picnic basket…………

1st Layer: One tin of Chilli baked beans pureed – Spread over the base of a glass dish.

2nd Layer: 3 Avocado’s pureed with 1 cup Hellmans mayonnaise – place over the beans.

3rd Layer: Mix together 1 pkt white onion soup mix, 2 tbls tomato sauce/ketchup, few drops tobasco sauce, 1/2 tsp paprika, 3/4 tsp black pepper,250ml (1Cup)Thick Sour Cream and 250 ml (1 Cup) Hellmans Mayonnaise. Place over the Avo.

4th Layer – 250ml (1 Cup) grated Strong Cheddar Cheese

5th Layer – Finely Shredded Lettuce.

6th Layer  – Chopped fresh Tomato.

7th Layer – Finely Chopped Spring Onion.

Cover bowl and refrigerate till needed. Serve with Taco or Potato Chips.