Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burger Bun

What could be better than biting into two of your favourite foods at the same time?

Imagine this – gooey, melt-y mac n’cheesiness with crunchy exterior,  a delicious patty, fresh tomatoes, crunchy lettuce, some more cheese (is enough ever enough?), a touch of Sriracha or Peri-Peri ketchup… You get our drift. A spin-off of the ramen burger trend, this bun seems like a match made in heaven. Without further ado, let’s get down into the nitty-gritties. You will need –

For the Mac’n’Cheese:

  • ⅔ cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1 cup cheddar Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup medium cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 box macaroni, boiled
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

For making the bun:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup coarse panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • Oil for frying

 

In a saucepan over low heat, simmer the heavy cream until reduced by a third (the cream should lightly coat the back of a spoon). Add in the three cheeses and whisk thoroughly. Remove from heat. Place the cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl and pour the cheese sauce over the pasta. Season with salt and pepper, mix until well combined, and let it cool to room temperature.

Line baking tray with buttered parchment paper. Pour the prepared mac ‘n’ cheese onto the lined tray and spread out evenly; cover with another piece of buttered parchment paper. Place flat inside freezer for approximately 1-2 hours or until hard.

In 3 bowls make the following mixtures: Bowl 1 – whisked eggs; Bowl 2 – flour, half of the salt & pepper; Bowl 3 – breadcrumbs and the remaining salt and pepper. Remove the frozen mac’n’cheese as either use a cutter/katori to cut out buns of the required size, or use your hands to break and form the buns as per your requirements. Dip the formed discs in the 3 bowls in order – 1,2 and then 3.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the discs in batches, cooking them for approximately 2 minutes on each side until they become golden brown. Remove and set on a paper towel-lined plate to let the oil drain out.

Foodstree Pro Tip:

You can add a little extra to your mac’n’cheese mixture to take your bun to a new level. We’re thinking some spices – paprika, oregano or parsley? Or if you have a favourite cheese (that melts well) substitute one of the three recommended here!

5 Coachella Foods That You Need To Know About

Coachella – the mecca of flower crowns, boho ‘bindis’ and outrageous outfits. Formally known as the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, it attracts around 125,000 people each year – including some of Hollywood’s A-list stars – to the middle of the Californian desert each April for two much-awaited weekends. While fashion and music are certainly the main draw for this festival, the food here is always ‘on fleek’ too!

Since we’re right in the middle of this year’s festival and the food Instagrams are already going viral, let’s look at five of the most innovative and talked about Coachella dishes:

waffle pops foodstree

 

1.Waffle Pops

Easier, crunchier and more versatile than cake pops, waffles finally get the lollipop treatment that they always deserved. Simply put, they’re no more that waffles on a stick but it’s the variety of toppings, both sweet and savoury, that have us ogling. Whether it’s the staple Strawberries & Chocolate, or the more pioneering Cinnamon Toast, Smores or Oreo Cookie Crunch flavours – we can’t wait to try some of our own.

Check out @sweetcombforts in Instagram for more inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mac'n'Cheese Burger

 

2. Mac’n’Cheese Burger Bun

Yes please and thank you very much! Who needs bread for your burger, when you can get a bun made of Mac’n’Cheese. Filled with soft, cheesy, oozy goodness and a crispy breadcrumb exterior, this one of a kind delicacy is sure to up any burger game.

Take a look at @pigpendelicacy for more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Churros

 

3. Cereal-encrusted Oreos

As if plain churros weren’t sinful enough, the folks at Coachella have gone a step ahead and smothered them in all manner of delicious things and served them with ice-cream. Our favourite would definitely have to be the neon-coloured Fruity Pebble studded churro. Other enticing flavours we saw include Cookie Crunch, Mint Chocolate Chip, Caramel and Strawberry Shortcake.

Visit @ridgeschurrobar if you want to test your resolve to eat healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chana masala frech fries foodstree

 

4. Chana Masala Fries

Chana masala, French fries – what’s not to love? We’re amazed how this isn’t a thing already. In fact, why limit yourself to chana masala – there’s a whole host of Indian flavours that would pair fabulously with fries. Badaam chaat, paneer tikka, cheese & sheesh kebab – the variations are endless.

Look at @badmaashla on Instagram for more fusion food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kimchi quesadilla foodstree

 

5. Kimchi Quesadilla

Mexi-Korean is definitely a kind of fusion cuisine we haven’t heard of yet! This Kimchi Quesadilla is filled with melting cheeses and caramelized buttery kimchi. Judging by how quickly this has become popular, we’re sure that this unusual mix of flavours is sure to please.

Kogi BBQ are the mastermind behind this invention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re anything like us and can’t wait to try everything out  – stay tuned as we’ll be experimenting and uploading recipes soon!