Mac and Cheese Off

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Mac and Cheese Off Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Mac and Cheese Off. This was way larger, and I got way more involvement from the community, than I expected. We received over 350 votes, with more than 60 comments on the amazing Mac and Cheese entries. Although it was neck and neck for most of the voting period, Michael Stashwick pulled ahead with his Stash’s Mexican Mac and Cheese to beat out Elle's delicious Vermont Mac and Cheese. He will receive the Grand Prize, a Cheese Kit from New England Cheesemaking Supply Company.

In addition to the Grand Prize, all entrants have won 50 Palate Points. You can earn Palate Points by entering in competitions, writing articles, and participating at Gourmet Gastronomer. Palate Points can be used to enter into raffles, or buy prizes.

Thanks again to everyone who made this contest so great. We will definitely have another one next month, so email me at if you want to participate. I have also added TipJoy to this site in an effort to make Gourmet Gastronomer sustainable. Please leave a small tip if you enjoyed the contest.

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Mac 'n Cheese Off - Aussie Style

Jeez! I hope I'm doing this right! Thanks for the opportunity to have a go in the Mac'n Cheese Off Danny. Hope your readers like my recipe. Now, I must put in one teeny, tiny disclaimer here - sweetrosie takes what are possibly the worst photos in the world!

Gourmet Gastronomer Mac and Cheese Off

After weeks of hard work, the first ever Gourmet Gastronomer Mac and Cheese Off has now officially started. This is the most diverse collection of Mac and Cheeses that I have ever seen. Low budget to gourmet, classic to new age, swiss, Velveeta, gouda, Mexican, Italian, Greek and more. I knew there were many ways to make Mac and Cheese, but I never thought I would get 9 entries that were so radically different from each other.

Please vote on the Mac and Cheese entry that you find most delicious. Look at the pictures, look at the ingredients, look at the stories, and try to figure out which one you would enjoy most. The winner of the contest will get the Grand Prize, which is a Cheese Making Kit from the New England Cheesemaking Supply Company.

Make sure you check out the bios of all the contestants.

Mac and Cheese Off Results
mac-cheese gnocchi-with-three-cheese-sauce trufflemac-n-cheese Sam'sree Macaroni and Cheese
Rustic Italian Mac N’ Cheese by Artepicure Potato Gnocchi Mac and Cheese Champagne Truffle Mac and Cheese with Pancetta and Wild Mushrooms Sam’s Greek Macaroni and Cheese
Bacon and Swiss Mac and Cheese Vermont Mac and Cheese Stash’s Mexican Mac and Cheese Poor Man's Mac and Cheese
Mac ‘n Cheese Off - Aussie Style

Mac and Cheese Off Contestants

We had a fairly large turnout for the first ever Gourmet Gastronomer Mac and Cheese Off.  The contestants are from all walks of life, but they all love food.  Our contestants were:


limesicon Born and raised in New England Stay at home mom, four kids and a lot of pets. Have always loved cooking and baking, and absolutely love blogging. Was always ha

Rustic Italian Mac N' Cheese by Artepicure

mac-cheese Ingredients Pasta 5 cups white, whole wheat flour 2 T ground red pepper 1 T salt 6 eggs 3 T olive oil 3 T water Sauce 2 1/2 C milk 1/4 C butter 1/4 C flour 2 C shredded Fontina Val d’Aosta 1 C grated Grana Padano Parmesan 1/2 C diced sun-dried tomatoes 1/2 C minced fresh basil 1 C heavy cream Salt and pepper to taste For Assembly 12 oz.

Potato Gnocchi 'Mac and Cheese'

gnocchi-with-three-cheese-sauce For this January cook-off, I have chosen to prepare Potato Gnocchi, a traditional Italian winter dish, served with a hearty cheese sauce. The combination of potato and cheese is a universal palate pleaser, and is also seasonally appropriate.

Sam's Greek Macaroni and Cheese

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Sam's Greek Macaroni and Cheese[/caption] This is my original Greek Mac & Cheese recipe, and I usually make this dish with rigatoni pasta (I call it Sam's Greek Rigatoni),

Poor Man's Mac & Cheese

mac-21 mac-11 POOR MAN'S MAC & CHEESE This recipe is delicious comfort food for those on a tight budget.

Bacon and Swiss Mac and Cheese

5 pieces of lean bacon chopped(I use one marketed as low fat, normal bacon just a lean cut) 3 tbs shallot 2 tbs flour 1 c. heavy whipping cream 1 c. dry white wine or vermouth 2 c.

Champagne Truffle Mac and Cheese with Pancetta and Wild Mushrooms

trufflemac-n-cheese 8-10 oz. baby shells - size 52 1/4 lb pancetta 1/4 tsp grapeseed oil 1/4 of a large Spanish onion diced .50 oz. wild mushrooms reconstituted 3/4 lb smoked gouda 1/2 bottle brut champagne 1/4 cup light, fat free chicken stock 3/4 cup whole milk 1 T white truffle oil 1. Prepare pasta as directed, drain completely and set aside. 2.

Original Mac n Cheese

When I was approached to do this I jumped then thought well, there are only two of us here and to be honest I just don't cook that way any more. I am a competitive bodybuilder as I train in the wee hours here in Pa, and pasta is now one of those foreign objects! So I pulled out my grandmothers mac n cheese her receipt that feed us on cold nights when my parents were away. Is there anything special about the recipe?

Vermont Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese Hello everyone!  I'm Elle from Elle's New England Kitchen.   My entry for Danny's Mac and Cheese cook-off is Vermont Mac and Cheese.  It may not seem gourmet, especially with my choice of cheeses, but it's so creamy and satisfying.  And most importantly, kids like it.  There's no extra stuff like special ham, mushrooms, bacon (though that would be great crumbled over this) or lobster, but I wasn't going to make a whole p

Stash's Mexican Mac and Cheese

Thank you for checking out my entry.  This hardest part to figure out was, how to flavor the dish.  I got dragged into doing a Mexican mac and cheese because I had chihuahua cheese leftover from nachos.  Plus, there is also always chorizo hanging out in the fridge. There is one special ingredient, that I don't have on hand, habanero peppers.  It can be difficult to find an excuse to use these because they are damn hot.  I can also say, from personal experience, they are the most dangerous pepper to get rubbed into your eye.
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  • Mac and Cheese Off

    Mac and Cheese. It is something that pretty much everyone loves, and yet there are so many ways to make it. Stove top or baked, traditional or innovative, cheddar or gouda, breadcrumbs or none? For the first ever Gourmet Gastronomer Mac and Cheese off, competitors will attempt to create the tastiest dish possible. To enter the contest, each competitor will submit a post of their best Mac and Cheese recipe. They should include a picture, and details of how the dish was made.
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