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Chef John’s Macaroni and Cheese

You don’t have to be a Founding Father to crave this creamy, cheesy comfort food. In this video, you’ll learn how to make classic Thomas Jefferson-style macaroni and cheese. You’ll also discover exactly what “Thomas Jefferson-style” means. You’ll start by making a simple roux with butter and flour. From there, you’ll build on the roux, adding herbs and spices, and cold milk—and learn how to avoid getting lumps in your mix. Then it’s time for grated nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce, and three kinds of cheeses—with a bit of Dijon mustard stirred in at the end. Follow along with Chef John’s recipe for Macaroni and Cheese. You can easily alter this recipe to your personal tastes by adjusting the amount of pasta you use. Finally, Chef John will reveal the secret to a perfectly crisp, caramelized macaroni and cheese crust.

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  • Lisa D

OK,I'm in...will post results later but this looks AMAZING! Great info as well, Chef John. I'm running to the store right now - will try the 3 cheeses you mentioned.

  • raheli

I would love to try it, but could not follow the whole thing. Please add CC (closed captioning) to your videos or provide a complete transcript. Thank you.

  • Mtn Momma cookin

This Looks Awesome!! Can not wait to try it.