Successfully replicating a fast food favorite at home never stops feeling rewarding (if not a little bit cheeky). From scouring the web for the best KFC chicken copycat recipe to amping up your breakfast with a copycat McDonald's hash browns recipe, folks are always looking for ways to discover just what gives these treats their signature taste.
Recipe developer Catherine Brookes hit it out of the park when she shared her copycat Chik-Fil-A mac and cheese recipe, which uses a mix of five specific cheeses, with Mashed. The cheeses, particularly the act of combining them, are the most important aspect here. When asked about her secret method, Catherine said, "I wouldn't say there's one secret ingredient here, more the combination of all the different cheeses that come together to create that signature taste."
That brings us to the most important aspect of any mac and cheese, particularly one that's trying to echo a specific taste. The pertinent question is which cheeses do we use? Luckily Catherine has us covered there as well, as she revealed the cheeses that combine to make this indulgent treat. Better yet, they're all easily found at your local store.
The Cheeses You Need To Pickup
Replicating Chick-Fil-A's mac and cheese starts with picking up the right ingredients. The cheeses you will need are sharp cheddar, white cheddar, American, Pecorino Romano cheese, and Parmesan. Catherine Brookes recommends melting them together carefully with half-and-half and butter while making sure you don't burn the mixture. In no time, you'll have your Chick-fil-A copycat sauce!
If you can resist using the vat of melted cheese as a fondue, pour over a baking dish filled with macaroni noodles, add your topping, and broil until the top layer starts to brown and bubble. After just shy of half an hour, you have prepped and cooked a delicious side dish or an indulgent, comforting main course, depending on how you're feeling.
In her own words, Brookes' version is, "Super cheesy, rich, and creamy with that tasty, rich topping." Say no more, Catherine. You had us at "cheesy".
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