Jalapeno Mac and Cheese is a spin on the classic mac and cheese with a little bit of a spicy Southern vibe. In this gluten-free mac and cheese recipe, Phoebe Lapine adds in some jalapenos and scallion to the mix, giving our favorite childhood dish a sophisticated kick.
The first thing you need to do is soften up those jalapenos and scallions into a little butter as it's heating up in the pot. What makes this mac and cheese recipe really thick and creamy is the Bechamel. Although it's traditionally made with regular flour along with the milk and butter, Phoebe uses some white rice flour instead, which is her personal go-to all-purpose flour.
A good idea is to keep adding in some spice to the traditional mac and cheese recipe is to go ahead and put a little Dijon mustard in there to give it a nice little bite. Finally you can add in the gluten-free pasta into your sauce, stir in some mild cheddar cheese (or sharp cheddar if you'd like an even stronger taste) and place the final jalapeno mac and cheese mix into a casserole dish which will go straight into the oven to cook.
You'll be shocked at what a couple of new ingredients will do to a dish you've had so many times. It's always fun to spice up your traditional mac and cheese recipe, especially when you're making it gluten-free, and find a truly amazing dish you won't get tired of.