Monday, October 26, 2009
The Hunger Presents: White Trash Girl - Episode 1
16 oz. macaroni pasta
1 lb. ground beef
2 cups half and half
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp AP flour
1 packet of taco seasoning (or make your own)
kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper tt
2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (my fave is Beecher's Flagship cheese), grated
your favorite hot sauce (Tapatio is mine)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 12 baking dish. Cook pasta in salted boiling water until cooked al dente. Set aside. Meanwhile, brown the ground beef whole in a skillet on medium high heat until just cooked through. Mix the taco seasoning in a 1/2 cup of water. Add to the beef and simmer until the sauce thickens. Add a few good dashed of the hot sauce. Set aside.
Heat butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour making sure there are no lumps and cook the roux, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in half and half, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Stir in the cheese until melted. Stir in the taco beef. Pour pasta into the cheese sauce and mix well. Pour mixture into the baking dish and bake 30 minutes until golden brown. If you want to get really white trash, crumble nacho flavored Doritos with a little butter and sprinkle over the top before baking. Enjoy and leave your guilty feeling at the door.