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Gordon Ramsay went head to head in a celebrity cheese challenge, battling Jessica Hynes for the F Word macaroni crown

Gordon went head to head in a celebrity cheese challenge, battling Jessica Hynes for the F Word macaroni crown

Serves 4
Ingredients

  • 2 shallots, finely diced

  • 250g dried macaroni

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 100g girolles, trimmed and cut into even pieces

  • 1 sprig of thyme, leaves removed

  • 75ml white wine

  • 200ml double cream

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 200g stichelton cheese, or similar eg stilton

  • 100g Parmesan

  • Handful chives, finely chopped

  • 25g butter

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Olive oil


Method: How to make Gordon's macaroni cheese

1. Add the macaroni to a large pan of boiling salted water with the olive oil and cook for 7-10 minutes until just tender. Drain and rinse under cold water to remove excess starch. Return to the pan and set aside.
2. Melt the oil in a small frying pan. Add the mushrooms and fry until golden brown, add a small knob of butter and the thyme, cook for another minute then season with pepper. Drain the excess oil from the pan and then add the shallots and cook for a further 2 minutes or until softened, deglaze with the wine, reduce by half and set aside
3. Bring the cream to a gentle boil and add it to the mushrooms, add the egg yolks, chives and parmesan, mix well and crumble in two-thirds of the cheese. Add the macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until everything is fully incorporated. Heat gently for a few minutes to melt the cheese. Season with pepper.
4. Butter the ovenproof dish, and pour in the mixture. Top with some stichelton and parmesan and transfer to a med oven for 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown, remove and leave to stand for 5 minutes or so, then serve.