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Pollo Asado Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

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  • 1 Package Del Real Pollo Asado (diced) heated to package directions
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces Challenge Dairy Cream Cheese
  • Sargento 4 State Cheddar Blend 1 1/2 cups, plus 1 cup for topping of the Mac & Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Challenge Dairy unsalted butter
  • 1 box of your favorite pasta cooked and drained
  • Equipment: 8 by 8-inch baking dish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Then bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Season the water with salt. Rub cold butter all over the baking dish. Cook the cauliflower in the boiling water until fork tender, or about 7 minutes. Drain well and pat between several layers of paper towels to dry. Bring the cream to a simmer in a deep saucepan or pot, and whisk in the Challenge Dairy Cream Cheese and Sargento 4 state Cheddar Blend until smooth. Place cauliflower in sauce pot with your the cheese/cream mixture. Using an immersion blender/stick blender puree all the ingredients in pot until smooth. Fold in pasta and diced Del Real Pollo Asado into pot and pour contents into baking dish. Top with the remaining 1 cup cheese and bake until browned and bubbly hot, about 15 minutes. Serve.

By on June 13th, 2017

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Over the course of the past few years he has found a passion for competitive cooking. Chef Anthony has won over 60 awards in several state cooking competitions winning over $30,000 in prize money. Anthony has competed in the World Food Championship for 3 years running. In 2016 Chef Anthony became the Champion in the Recipe category at the World Food Championship with a breakfast recipe that won over the judges – a homemade bacon English muffin, a caramel apple and jalapeño sausage patty, purple potato hash, and a candied sausage poached egg all topped with a brown butter habanero hollandaise.

Currently, Anthony is the owner and executive Chef of El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina and Desert Rose Catering. His culinary point of view is nothing in the kitchen goes wrong you just have to adapt. Chef Anthony is a firm believer of adapting and overcoming in life and in the kitchen. He finds it fun to teach and inspire people to cook better and get over fears of cooking new and difficult dishes.

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