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Ham Mac N’ Cheese with Caramelised Silver Skin Onions

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A most comforting dish.


500 g Elbow Macaroni (or any other pasta that you prefer)

1 tbp Salt

1 tbsp Vegetable Oil

500 g Ham, chopped into squares

100 g All Purpose Flour

100 g Butter 

1 L Milk

250 g Cheddar Cheese, grated

350 g Mozzarella Cheese, grated

1/2 tsp ground Black Pepper

1/2 tsp ground Nutmeg

2 tsp Yellow Mustard

1 bunch Dania (Corriander), chopped

150 g Silver Skin Onions (mini opaque onions in jar)

1 tbsp Granulated Sugar

1 tbsp Water



Mac N’ Cheese:

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a pan & when hot sauté the ham squares for a couple of minutes, drain and set aside.
  • Boil the macaroni & salt until al denté (firm), drain & set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  • In a pot, heat up & continuously stir the butter and flour until it becomes a roux.
  • Add the milk, a little at a time, to the roux until the mixture is thickened and well homogenized into a white sauce.
  • Add the black pepper, nutmeg, yellow mustard, 3/4 of the cheddar & 3/4 of the mozzarella to the white sauce.
  • Put the cooked pasta, sautéed ham & white sauce in an oven dish & combine well.
  • Mix the remaining grated cheddar & mozzarella cheeses & sprinkle evenly over the mac n’ cheese.
  • Put the mac n’ cheese in the preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until the mac n’ cheese is bubbling on the edges & the cheese is golden brown on top.
  • Remove the mac n’ cheese and sprinkle the dania over it.

Caramelised Silver Skin Onions:

  • Put the sugar and water in a pan & heat until a syrup is formed.
  • Add the silver skin onions & cook until they are caramelized.
  • Serve the caramelized silver skin onions on top of the mac n’ cheese.

Happy Eating! 😃


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