Thursday, 25 October 2012

Tried and Tested: "Form" or Mac & Cheese with Fish

Food is so often connected to memories.
We loved 'form' (don't know where the name came from) when we were children. It was a staple dish when we came to visit my grandfather in Oslo's house.
 It is actually a form of mac&cheese with extra filling.
This is my version, this time with fish (this will easily feed 5-6 people):
Warm up (a bit warmer than luke warm) 5 dl of milk with half an onion and 5-6 peppercorns and set it aside to infuse while you
Boil 500 grams of macaroni till almost soft enough to eat.
Drain the macaroni and put it to the side while you
Make a cheese sauce with
70 grams of butter and 3-4 tablespoons of flour and the warmed milk (discard the onion and the peppercorns before adding to the sauce).
Add 200 grams of grated cheese to the sauce along with
2 teaspoons of English mustard
A good dash of Worcester sauce,
2 teaspoons of lemon juice and
a good pinch of salt
Add the cheese sauce to the boiled macaroni and coat the pasta well
Add 350 grams of chunks of uncooked fish to the macaroni mix. I normally use a variety pack containing salmon, haddock and smoked Alaskan pollock.
Pour it all into a greased heatproof oven dish and cover the top with breadcrumbs. You can also crush some garlic into the breadcrumbs, if you like for some extra flavour.
Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes on 200 degrees.
Serve with a salad
Such a simple comfort food on an autumnal day!

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