Do you ever get food cravings? And if you do what causes them? I have had two massive food cravings recently – neither of them particularly healthy ones but then I can’t imagine I am ever going to be the girl who craves a bowl of steamed broccoli.
My two food cravings have been honey (or probably really sugar that I am trying to combat with honey) and blue cheese. I think the honey craving has come from eating too much sugar recently and so my body is saying to me that I must eat sugar but by brain is trying to override it with a honey desire in an attempt to be healthy.
But the blue cheese on has been bubbling along ever since I had a fantastic burger from Brodburger, a local burger place here in Canberra. They have been around for a number of years now but until this year I had never made it there. I had looked at it longingly when I had been to the nearby bus depot markets on a Sunday but the tables were always full and it looked crazy busy. But about a month or so ago I finally got there early enough to get a table and snag a burger. And boy was it good. The meat was tender and full of flavour, the salad was great, the bun tasty but the thing I remember most is the delicious blue cheese. It reignited my love of blue cheese – which lets face it was never far from the surface.
Aside from the blue cheese the other thing that really impressed me about Brodburger was their ability to cater to different diets. I had lunch there with a pregnant friend who is also vegetarian. They not only do a great vegie burger but offer egg free aioli and recommend a hard cheese to replace the usual halloumi that they include in their vegetarian burger. Plus for non vegetarian mothers they make sure the beef pattie is well done.
To add to the blue cheese urges we have drinks at work on a Friday night and cheese including blue cheese is often served. I had been avoiding eating the cheese at Friday night drinks as it is so easy to get carried away with the munching as you sip on a glass of wine. But since that Brodburger most of my restraint has gone out the window.
So when I saw this baked three cheese macaroni which included blue cheese, I knew I had to make it. I also love how it comes in individual ramekins. My ramekins may be smaller than those in the original recie as when I cut this recipe down to a one person serve I had two ramekins. These are my super cute birthday present from my lovely best friend. I think for a light lunch I could get away with just eating one ramekin and feeling quite satisfied but two is definitely the way to go for a more filling dinner and it is still only about 390 calories according to myfitnesspal. Though I am a bit dubious about those calories given the amount of cheese in this.
I think you could mix the cheese up and this recipe could be good for using up odds and ends of cheese that you have left over in the fridge after a cheese shopping binge – we do all do them don’t we? Did I also mention that it is a one pot meal – so wins all round!
To make this for one I used the following ingredients:
- 40ml of light sour cream – I used light to try and knock off a few extra calories
- 40ml of skim milk
- ¼ cup of grated pecorino cheese (the recipe says parmesan but I had pecorino in the fridge) plus 2 tbs for the topping
- ¼ cup of grated mozzarella cheese plus 2 tbs of the topping. The recipe says to use cubed but I grated mine.
- ¼ cup of mild blue cheese – I can’t remember the variety I bought and have lost the original packaging. But mine was a bit too creamy for this dish and didn’t crumble that well. Still tasted fantastic but next time I would go for a stronger flavoured cheese.
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- A dash of sriracha sauce
- A pinch of fresh thyme
The original recipe also has onion but I am not very keen on onion unless it is fried. You could fry the onion and then add it but then it wouldn’t be a one pot meal and I wasn’t willing to add a pot just for some fried onion that I wasn’t even sure about.
For me the secret ingredient is the thyme, just when you think the cheese might get a bit overwhelming you get a hit of herbiness from the thyme. So definitely don’t skip the thyme. I am not sure I got the sriracha amount quite right. It got a bit lost in the flavours so next time I would add a dash and a bit – have a taste before you pop it in the oven.
I baked my macaroni for 15 minutes and that was plenty. Any more and I think it might have started to burn. I grilled (broiled in US terms) it for probably 3 minutes. As the original recipe says, keep an eye on it while you have it under the grill or it can easily burn.
I paid for my own meal at Brodburger and this is not a sponsored post. There are affiliate links for the ramekins and if you click on the link and purchase some ramekins I do get a small percentage of the sale.