So, Roberta says to me, "T-Bolt! Are you using pre-shredded cheese in the kitchen?! MADNESS! That's an abomination unto Nuggan. You saw who won the election in November. If there is one policy of that man I can get behind is he want's to make America grate again. DO IT!"
Because she felt so strongly about it I figured I better get in line.
There are two types of people in my life that give me advice. Those I always safely ignore, and those that I listen closely to and weigh the implications. Roberta is one of the latter. I guess there is a rare third category. People that suggest I do one thing and I automatically do the opposite and know I am making the right decision thereby. Jimmy Carter, History's Greatest Monster lies in this special third category.
Roberta informed me there is some... extras... in that pre-shredded stuff, too, and I might get better performance eschewing it. Out with the grater! For the grater good! When a recipe calls for cheese I want to just put CHEESE in.
A homemade white sauce with cheese recipe called for parmesian and cheddar. This would then go on pasta to for baking in ze casserole dish. Instead of that I had to get pre-shredded parmesian. It was all I could find. Sad now. I will do better next time. But I cut back that cheese's volumetric contribution and went with Cabot extra sharp and Colby. Just cuz. Should be much better even with the pre-shedded.
Shredding a pound of cheese is work.
Performance improvement I'd like to see is less grease separation on re-heats as the butter takes leave of the white sauce.
Prepped this casserole Monday, cooked Wednesday, reheat Thursday leftovers and now, I report....
Good flavor, fresh and redone. It's basically homemade mac n cheese with italian sausage and bacon, how can that go real bad? But otherwise, still super oily, but aha! The grease isn't butter colored. More Trump colored. Orange. I tried a different variety of Johnsonville Italian Sausage. Mild instead of Sweet. The mild has a hint of spice and that spice is red and thus the grease is the same color as PEOTUS. Eureka! So I just need to do grease minimization from that sausage angle next time. The whitesauce with cheese may be good.
Grated Cheese. Yes, Roberta.
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