Posts Tagged With: Gruyere cheese

Sausage Cheese Croissant Catastrophe

Another catastrophe for the recipe book. We made this a couple weeks ago while teaching outdoor cooking to Girl Scout adult volunteers at Camp Robbinswold. It was very tasty. The croissants brought a buttery sweetness and the Swiss cheese was nutty and sweet, which were nice contrasts to the savory sausage, green onions, and Parmesan.

It was easy to make in camp. The sausage could be browned at home or browned in the Dutch oven in camp. The first five ingredients are tossed together like a salad. The egg mixture is poured over the top and then it’s all covered in cheese. For a fancier version, you could use Gruyère cheese. Kids can help prep by tearing the croissants into chunks.

I would recommend getting it all assembled and then starting your coals. The catastrophe can rest while the coals get going. After a 45 minute bake, the eggs are cooked through and the cheese is all melty.

Equipment
12-inch Dutch oven or 13×9 baking dish, bowl, whisk.

Ingredients
1 pound ground sausage, browned
1¼ cups (5 ounces) Parmesan cheese shredded
1 teaspoon salt
6 green onions, sliced
1 package mini croissants (about 24), torn into chunks
3 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
5 large eggs, beaten
2 cups Gruyère or Swiss cheese

Prep
Foil line your Dutch oven if you choose, and coat it with butter or cooking spray. To the Dutch oven add browned sausage, Parmesan cheese, salt, green onions and croissant chunks, and toss together. Whisk together the milk, cream and eggs, and pour over the top. Let it rest so the croissants soak up all the liquid. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake in a 350°F oven, using 17 coals on the lid and 8 underneath, for 45 minutes.

Serves 10-12

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Not Your Mama’s Mac and Cheese

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Today is National Macaroni Day and this mac and cheese is one of my favorites. In the picture above I used rotini, but that’s only because I really like rotini. I love the way the sauce gets trapped in the spirals.

This mac and cheese definitely falls into the comfort food category, but it’s not your typical mac and cheese. It’s warm, cheesy, creamy and loaded with fall flavors. The sharp white cheddar combines nicely with the Gruyere, which is similar to Swiss. The bay leaves and the nutmeg remind me of autumn.

While the flavors are a little more “grown up” kids still like it. Last fall, we made this for 120 youth at a weekend retreat. All the serving bowls came back empty!

If you wanted to make this in your camp kitchen, you could cook the pasta at home or in camp and combine all the ingredients in a Dutch oven. I’d recommend a 12-inch for the batch below. If you camp with carnivores like I tend to, you could also add a protein like cubed ham or sliced salami. You could also add a few vegetables if you wanted to bulk it up. However you decide to make it, this is a great mac and cheese.

Equipment
4-quart baking dish or 12-inch Dutch oven

Ingredients
16 ounces (1 pound) macaroni, rotini or other short pasta
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup flour
4 cups whole milk
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons salt
5 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
3 cups shredded Gruyere cheese

Prep
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until not quite al dente. Drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan or a Dutch oven over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and continue whisking 2 minutes, then whisk in the milk. Add the bay leaf, nutmeg and salt, and simmer about 8 minutes, whisking occasionally, until thick. Remove the bay leaf and stir in 4 cups cheddar and the Gruyere. If you’re using a Dutch oven, stir in the pasta and top with remaining cheddar or butter a 4-quart baking dish; add the pasta mixture and top with the remaining cheddar. Bake in a 400°F oven, using 19 coals on top and 10 underneath, for 15 minutes.

Serves 8

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