Korean Macaroni and Cheese with Beef, Kimchi, Cheddar
One stellar food pairing is kimchi plus cheddar. So when it came time to create a macaroni and cheese dish for Food Network’s Comfort Food Feast event, I immediately thought of kimchi. Funky tangy kimchi partners with sharp creamy cheddar, ground sirloin, and gochugaru, a Korean red chili powder that is definitely spicy – but also has a balanced fruitiness, slight smokiness and depth of flavor from the sun-dried red peppers. The resulting fusion dish is an irresistible grown-up full-flavored mac and cheese.
Beef & Kimchi Mac ‘n Cheese Recipe
- 1 lb. macaroni – cooked and drained well
- 1 lb. ground sirloin – browned, drained, seasoned with salt and pepper
- 1 T. olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves – minced
- 14 oz. cabbage kimchi, including juice – chopped
- 2 T. mirin (high quality)
- 1 T. gochugaru (Korean red chili powder)
- 2 T. flour
- 2 c. milk – warmed
- 2 c. sharp cheddar
- salt to taste
In a large saute pan over medium heat, briefly saute garlic in oil then add kimchi and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add mirin and gochugaru – stir to cook another couple of minutes. Sprinkle flour over the kimchi mixture, stir to cook the flour. Slowly add milk, stirring, and bring to a simmer. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add beef then fold in cheese (reserve some cheese to sprinkle over the top). When cheese is melted, add macaroni and stir to coat. Add salt to taste.
Transfer macaroni mixture to a lightly-greased baking dish, top with the reserved cheese and bake at 400° until the cheese has melted and the mixture is bubbly, about 15 -20 minutes.
- sesame seeds
Sprinkle garnishes over the top.
Other Fabulous Kimchi & Cheddar Pairings
Kimchi & Cheddar Omelette (recipe here).
Bulgogi Panino with Kimchi, Cheddar, Ssamjang Mayo (recipe here).
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