Five Cheese White Pizza – Miscellaneous Mac & Cheese

Posted: January 24, 2013 in Pizza, Randomness
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White PizzaJanuary 2013

Let’s Start with the Pizza

Although my list of favorite toppings runs short, there seems to be endless possibilities when it comes to creating pizzas. Give me the standard pepperoni pie, maybe add in some bacon. How about a zesty barbeque chicken pizza (without onions) or a meat lover’s option?

They all force me to munch on at least half of the round, delectable object. Yet this time I craved a white pizza. So we were “on the road to” Publix to purchase some random cheeses, and our cart filled up slowly due to my inability to make decisions.

With Martha White deep-dish dough mix created and in an 8-inch pan, it became layered with Parmesan, feta, goat, bleu then mozzarella cheese. The feta, goat and bleu cheeses were of the crumbled variety, and I cannot wait to use more crumbled cheeses in other meals. It did not take long before the kitchen smelled with dairy delights.

Using marinara as a dipping sauce, the pizza brought out a lot of my taste buds. The amount of each cheese used gave it a perfect balance (Cooking shows love that term, balance. It’s like watching people searching for the perfect house on TV. They always say, “this room would be great for entertaining.” Yeah right, like you actually do a lot of “entertaining”). The decision to go with a thick crust was a smart one as well. One change for the future will be to add some Italian spices to the crust, as it did end up to be a tad bland just by itself.

Mac & CheeseOn to the Mac & Cheese

A week or so later and looking to get rid of some of that cheese before it started boasting wonderful smells, I could not figure out how to manage the situation. My original thought was some type of sandwich, or to use the dairy products as condiments on a burger or two. When I opened my cabinet, the answer filtered into my body: mac & cheese.

Using odd choices for this dish can ruin one’s culinary effort, but I still wanted to give it a shot. The end result proved what I already knew, and that was you have to pick your cheese carefully.

Emptying the containers of crumbled feta, goat and bleu cheese, I tossed in a bunch of shredded cheddar to the group. It definitely provided me with a cheesy experience, yet the goat and bleu cheeses were a bad choice. I ate half the plate until deciding that the rest of my appetite should be devoted to cookies.

All in all, using crumbled cheeses was a good choice as it provided a different texture to the cheese sauce. And I’ll stick with normal cheeses in the future.

What You’ll Need – Five Cheese White Pizza

Dough

Olive oil

Parmesan cheese

Goat cheese

Feta cheese

Bleu cheese

Mozzarella cheese

The Steps

1)      Set oven to 450, and make the dough according to the package’s instructions. In this case we used Martha White’s deep-dish pizza crust

2)      After moving the dough to an 8-inch pizza pan (or circular pan), brush with olive oil

3)      Add about ½ cup Parmesan, then ½ cup of goat, feta and bleu. Toss mozzarella on top. I didn’t measure the cheese, just put on however much I wanted

4)      Bake for about 8-10 minutes.

What You’ll Need – Miscellaneous Mac & Cheese

Your choice of pasta

Margarine

Flour

Salt

Pepper

Milk

Lots of Cheese

The Steps

1)      Boil water and add pasta

2)      Toss in 2 tablespoons of margarine to a separate pan and melt it

3)      Add 1 tablespoon of flour along with a little salt and pepper and stir frequently until it bubbles

4)      Pour in 2 cups of milk, stir frequently and bring it to a boil

5)      Remove from heat and add in about 2 cups of whatever cheese you’d like – or add however much cheese you like – and stir until it becomes saucy.

6)      Sauce doesn’t have to be smooth, and add it to the pasta after it has been cooked and drained

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