Fox Recipe Box: Mardi Gras Mac & Cheese

CLEVELAND, Oh -- The Cleveland Metroparks is celebrating Mardi Gras with New Orleans inspired cuisine and live music.

Chef Nick Lanzo is Executive Chef at Merwin's Wharf, the popular riverfront restaurant in Cleveland's Flats. He shared a festive mac and cheese recipe with Fox 8's Stefani Schaefer.

Click here to learn more about Merwin's Wharf and their Mardi Gras celebration.

Crawfish & Andouille Sausage Mac & Cheese

1 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 oz. Andouille Sausage, cooked
½ oz. roasted red pepper
½ oz. caramelized onion (cook ahead of time)
4 oz. Crawfish
7 oz. Cavatappi pasta (or macaroni)
1 tbsp. roasted garlic
5 oz. heavy cream
1 oz. shredded white cheddar
1 oz. shredded Gruyere
¼ C. crushed Ritz crackers
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
In a medium sauté pan, melt butter, toss in Andouille sausage, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and sauté for two minutes.
Add roasted garlic, cream, and Cajun seasoning, bring to a simmer.
Add pasta and crawfish, and stir in until warm and cream is reduced by ¼.
Add cheese and stir. Add salt & pepper to taste. Cook until melted.
Transfer into an oven-safe dish and sprinkle crushed Ritz crackers over top.
Place in a preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown on top and cheese starts to bubble, approximately 6-8 minutes.
Remove from oven, serve & enjoy!