Amazing Macaroni and Cheese Layer Cake with spicy greens
3Tbuttereither salted or unsalted will work
1Tgrainy Dijon or brown mustard
2 ¼cupswhole milk
salt and pepper to taste
5slicesAmerican cheeseabout 4 ounces chopped
9ouncesa little more than 2 cups tightly packed shredded cheddar cheese (medium will be a bit creamier, sharp more flavorful) plus about another 3/4 cup reserved to sprinkle on the middle layer
12ouncesabout one bundle leafy greens like collards or spinach
Southern style hot saucelike Crystal, Frank’s, or Tabasco, optional- to taste
Butter and cornmeal for dusting the pan
Pre-heat oven to 350F
Heat the water for the pasta
In a large skillet sauté the butter and onion over medium low/medium heat until the onions just begin to brown, about ten minutes.
While the onions are browning blanch the greens in the pasta water, set aside, and chop finely once cool enough to touch
Add the flour and cook for another few minutes until flour is completely integrated, add mustard and combine.
Lower heat to medium-low. Pour in the milk about a cup at a time, whisking to integrate. Heat to a simmer, whisking frequently, until sauce just begins to thicken.
Add the American cheese and stir until melted. Turn to the lowest possible heat or even off if in a cast iron pan.
Cook the pasta al dente.
Butter a 12-inch spring form pan and lightly dust the inside with medium grind cornmeal.
Toss the pasta with 3 cups of the cheese sauce, reserving the rest.
Put half the pasta in the pan, sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese, add the greens topping with another ¼ cup of shredded cheese and several shakes of hot sauce. Add the remaining pasta and shredded cheese.
Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes until top is lightly browned and cheese is melted. (I had to slow dinner down at the last minute so I baked at 350 for 30 minutes and then let the pasta sit in the still hot oven for another 15 minutes before removing the spring form and adding the cheese.
When ready to serve heat the reserved cheese sauce, either on the stovetop or in the microwave, remove the spring form and pour the cheese sauce over the top. Serve immediately. The pasta will hold its heat for 15-30 minutes after the spring form is removed.
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