Mac & Cheese with Ham & Spinach & Garlic Panko Breadcrumbs / Leftover Ham Series
Here's another experiment with ham. Even though I'm suing leftover ham, you don't have to use leftover ham -- you can use deli ham, turkey or leave it out completely. They are just different recipe ideas/meal ideas that I came up with inspired by ham.
Also, in case you were worried, some of the spiral ham was frozen and then defrosted. It hasn't been sitting in the fridge 3 weeks or something.
Mac & Cheese is something I like to make when I have a few different open cheeses in the fridge. It's a clean the fridge dish for CHEESE! The only thing is that it's best if within your mix, you have a "melt-y" cheese like cheddar (used here) or mozzarella or gruyere -- cheeses that melt.
What I used:
- 1/4 cup of sour cream (instead of milk to thin it out; I didn't have milk)
- Goat Cheese (1 oz. in small chunks)
- Blue cheese crumbles
- Barilla Fusilli (60-second)
- Ham cut into small pieces
-Left over sauteed spinach
Panko breadcrumb crust
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Garlic Powder (optional) or salt & pepper to taste
In one pot, I put the sour cream and cheese in it and I stirred it around. Once things were nice and melt-y, I microwaved the 60-second pasta and mixed it in.
Panko bread crumb topping
This panko bread crumb topping is something you can add to mac & cheese, other pasta dishes or anything. I even put it on top of Leeks in a dish inspired by ancient Mesopotamia (link). On a second burner in a small nonstick pan, I put ~1 tablespoon of butter and let it melt/get brown. Then I poured in some Panko breadcrumbs. I let the Panko breadcrumbs get golden brown. I added it on top for some textural component to the mac & cheese.