Okay, who out there has not only seen, but loves the show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? It's been one of the best food shows out there for a long time in my opinion. How else would we get to see so many food establishments and the unbelievably inventive culinary creations that exist out there? One such recipe that caught my eye was an episode where they featured mac & cheese mini muffins with garlicky panko crumbs, cheddar, gruyere and goat cheese. It was a place called The Duce in Phoenix, AZ. This is my attempt to re-create that.
When I see recipes I like on television, I text myself the ingredients while I'm watching it. There were no measurements mentioned in the recipe, so I worked that out as I made it. Also, I'm not normally a mac & cheese person. I didn't want to do a mac & cheese recipe for my website because everybody does that. But mac & cheese mini muffins with toasty panko and three cheeses? I simply had to. When I saw that episode of "Triple D" I was drooling over this recipe.
Mac & Cheese Mini Muffins Are the Perfect Snack for a Crowd
In my attempt to arrive safely and successfully in Flavortown, I purchased all of the ingredients that I had texted myself. And I have a huge confession to make: I've never made homemade mac & cheese in my entire life. Ever. Also, I did not test this recipe before making it on camera. I simply purchased the ingredients and winged it. I am happy to report this recipe turned out great!
Look, mac & cheese isn't rocket science. It's pasta and cheese sauce. But it does really matter what you put in that cheese sauce. There's a ton of combinations and I loved that this one included goat cheese. It didn't overwhelm the sauce, but added this elevated feel, flavor and texture to the whole dish.
This is a great appetizer/snack idea, but you could really eat this for dinner too. Gatherings come to mind for this one - holidays, Super Bowl Sunday, poker night, movie night, after-school snack. In fact, this is a great make-ahead recipe. I put the majority of these cute, little mac & cheese mini muffins in the freezer and pulled them out when we got the craving. If you've got mac & cheese lovers in the house you seriously can't go wrong with this one!
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