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Triple D in the 'D' Most Macked Mac & Cheese!

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Did you catch the episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” where Kid Rock escorted Guy Fieri to some of his favorite restaurants in the Detroit area?  If so, you probably recall the mac & cheese made at the Clarkston Union restaurant.  The restaurant is known for their mac & cheese, so much so that, according to Kid Rock, they “almost had some gangster activity goin’ on” when the recipe was stolen!

Being a suburban Detroiter, we decided to venture out to try some for ourselves.  Alas, it seems there are several Detroit-area “Triple D” fans who had the same idea:  http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/customers-flock-to-clarkston-eateries-following-food-network-showcase-20111214

Instead of enduring the long wait at the restaurant, I decided to replay the episode and make my own rendition based on the description provided during the show.  I’m not entirely sure how it compares to the original, but it is quite good nonetheless.  Enjoy!
 
 
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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16 oz. (1 box) Penne Rigate pasta
2 cups lowfat milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. each salt and pepper (more or less to taste)
1.5 cups (more or less) half & half
3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. flour (not pictured)
2-3 cloves pureed garlic
1 small onion, thinly sliced
0.4 lb. (approx. 2 cups) shredded parmesan cheese
12-16 thin slices Pinconning cheese (or extra sharp cheddar cheese, for those of you not in close proximity to Pinconning, Michigan)
1 ½ cups (more or less) shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
½ cup (more or less) Panko crumbs (not pictured)

Step 2: Pasta

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First, prepare pasta al dente according to instructions.  Drain, rinse and cool.  Set aside.

Step 3: Wet stuff

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Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine milk, whipping cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Simmer on low heat to warm.

Step 4: Rue!

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In a large skillet, sauté the onion and garlic in the butter over medium heat until the mixture becomes fragrant and the onions turn translucent.  Add the flour and stir constantly.  The flour and oil should combine to form a thick paste.  Continue cooking until the rue has the color and consistency of peanut butter.
OMG! I love The Union's Mac 'n Cheese, and I just made this. It tastes exactly the same. My family went crazy, especially since I've been trying to recreate this dish to no avail. It's amazing!
thunderwaldo (author)  Marie Frank1 year ago
Thanks for the comment Marie! I still haven't had it, but it's great to get the feedback.
veloadam1 year ago
best recipe ever, especially when you add 6-7 pieces of well cooked crunchy bacon (chopped up)!
thunderwaldo (author)  veloadam1 year ago
I'm glad you liked it, and agree that bacon would make it better!
trio11 year ago
Oh yeah. So good. Dinner tonight
howlinPM2 years ago
I saw this episode of D^3, and I think I'll try this next time.

That being said, I add Andouille sausage and Roma tomatoes (with a goodly amount of cayenne pepper) to my version...

So far I've gotten good reviews (folks asking for the recipe, which amounts to me saying "Well... it's hard to explain...")
You had me at CHEESE! I just can't say no to it!