Celebrate a National Holiday with this Chicken Marsala Macaroni and Cheese, it’s National Mac and Cheese Day after all! This is the perfect mix of Italian and American flair.
Dish Count :: 1 Baking Pan, 1 Skillet, 1 Large Sauce Pan
Let’s not pretend that National Cheese Day shouldn’t be made into National Mac and Cheese Month, because there is totally no shortage of fan girl freak outs that happen when a skillet full of ooey gooey mac and cheese gets set before you. I’ve considered myself a mac and cheese aficionado since I was a wee pup, coveting the blue box, as all kids do at that tender age learning the perfect balance of perfectly gooey, with the balance of extra butter and milk to the orange sauce.
But my tastes have changed – and even though those pangs of the bygone era still crop up from time to time – it’s the lure of the real cheese, and the possibilities that really get me when it comes to creating my own varieties.
My dad always indulged my mac and cheese obsession, and kept it firmly planted at the top of the reply list to the inevitable question to “What do you want for lunch?” “Mac and cheese!” Duh…
But since I’m 29 (read :: ahhhh!!!!) I felt like it was time to break out something a little more elegant (read :: lol!!!!!) and sophisticated. Ben and I dream of going to Italy, but although it’s a throughly Americanized dish, I still have dreams and illusions of a big Italian meal with lots of friends around, and a big glass of wine to go with it.
Seems legit, right?
For this recipe, since it does have Marsala wine in it, I wanted to make sure that the cheese in this mac and cheese paired well with the wine itself – so I felt extra sophisticated doing a wine and cheese pairing for my mac and cheese. (Read :: ROFL!!!!)
Wisconsin made fontina cheese blended, and melted beautifully here, and was an absolute dream with the perfectly crusted chicken and glazed chicken and mushrooms. If you don’t believe me, I dare you to try it yourself! Triple dog dare you? Whatever I need to do to get you to try this – I will do it. Just do it.
I’m so pleased to team up with my friends at the Eat Wisconsin Cheese to share today’s National Mac and Cheese Day with you all, I’ve created this recipe, and ANOTHER recipe with this Stovetop Summer Vegetable Mac and Cheese. This is serious business, friends and I hope you will celebrate all day, every day.
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*This post and recipe were sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board to celebrate my favorite food holiday – National Mac and Cheese Day. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own, always.*