Make this unreal mac and cheese with local cheese and beer for a truly indulgent Canadian dish that tastes even better than it looks.

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PREP30 min
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Cooking1 h 20 min
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Ready in9 h 50 min



  1. Step
    Place pork belly, skin side up, in a baking dish. Refrigerate a minimum of 8 hours (or overnight).
  2. Step
    Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  3. Step
    Spread salt on top of pork belly skin in a thick layer. Add beer and soy sauce to the pan, avoiding the salt layer.
  4. Step
    Roast pork for about 1 hour or until tender and skin has shrunk. Set aside.
  5. Step
    Meanwhile, melt 1 tsp (15mL) of the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and saute mushrooms until golden and tender. Remove to plate and set aside.
  6. Step
    Return pan to medium-low heat and add remaining butter to melt. Add cream, Dijon, chili powder, thyme and petter, whisking to combine.
  7. Step
    Increase heat to medium and bring the cream to a boil, stirring constantly.
  8. Step
    Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until cream starts to thicken. Stir in half of the cheddar and all of the gouda, firm and Asiago cheeses as well as the mushrooms, stirring until cheese is smooth.
  9. Step
    Add the cooked pasta and stir to coast. (If you haven't pre-cooked, add pasta to salted, boiling water and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.)
  10. Step
    Remove salt layer from pork and place under broiler for about 5 minutes or until the skin puffs up. (Careful not to burn the skin here, keep a close eye on the pork belly.)
  11. Step
    Remove pork belly from dish and slice thinly. Discard salt and liquid mixture.
  12. Step
    Scrape pasta and cheese mixture into a large baking dish and top with remaining cheddar cheese and pork slices.
  13. Step
    Broil for about 3 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.


Nutritional Information

One Serving 1/6 Recipe

Calories 1155
Protein 40 g
Carbohydrates 40 g
Fat 93 g
Fibre 2 g
Sodium 4030 mg


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