Mac and Cheese with Shrimp

The Best Mac and Cheese has Shrimp

I love this Mac and Cheese recipe and I’m not one to ever order Macaroni and Cheese at any restaurant, either.  Not because I don’t like it.  I just don’t think that most restaurants, especially the major chains, make a quality dish.  So I put together a Cheese Sauce that has a real nice balance of flavor and adding shrimp helps bring out a nice seafood stock kind of taste.  Lobster would be a fantastic alternative, if you’d like to step it up, but you don’t have to add any seafood to this dish at all if you’re not into shell fish.  The other ingredients, listed down below, make one of the best Mac ‘N Cheese sauces on the planet.

My Mac and Cheese Secret

Most Mac and Cheese recipes use Milk, Flour and Cheddar Cheese but I don’t use any of those and I’ll tell you why.  Milk makes the sauce thin.  That’s why the flour is needed and I think it makes the sauce taste bland and chalky.  The Cheddar Cheese keeps it simple, whether you use sharp, medium or mild.  Simple may be fine in some kitchens and if that’s all you’ve got, by all means, use it but keeping it simple means it tastes simple.  I know that some recipes are great when they’re simple.  But if you’re able to trick it up a bit by adding a variety of different cheese, why not control the outcome with perfect balance for your specific tastes.  That’s why I use Colby Jack, Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese.

Mac and Cheese with Shrimp Ingredients:

8 oz Pasta, cooked
1 1/2 doz Shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tbsp butter
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
1 1/2 cup Half & Half
1 tsp Bouillon, Tomato/Chicken or Beef
1 tsp Oregano, dried
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 cup Colby Jack cheese
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional Ingredients
1 Green Onion, chopped
2 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
3 Bacon Strips, cooked

Watch and follow the Mac and Cheese with Shrimp Video Tutorial for specific directions about making this recipe.

YouTube’s Top 10 Recipes from PMGK

PMGK’s Top 10 Recipes

How in the world could I possibly narrow down and decide what I think the Top 10 Recipes are, out of everything that I have filmed and posted?  Well, it’s easier than you think but just cracking off the top of my head, my personal favorites, isn’t going to cut it.  In fact, I’m almost certain, that your favorite recipes aren’t going to be the same as mine, by any measure.  So I decided to look at my statistics and take the pull of the most popular videos on my YouTube Channel.  And, wouldn’t you know it, the exact same results reflected on my website as well.  So, let’s take a look at the final results, together:

#10 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Lamb Chops with Aju recipe and it starts out with a quick trim of the fat, on a Frenched Rack of Lamb, then seasoned and seared on the stove.  It’s finished in the oven and topped with an Aju made from the leftover lamb crust in the pan.  I highly recommend this recipe as well as my Garlic Crusted Rack of Lamb, if you’d like another choice.

#9 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is beautiful Texas Style Beef Brisket.  Not only do I show you how to make this in your oven, with incredible results, I give you a fantastic rub recipe.  And this Brisket is so juicy and tender, you’ll swear a professional world champion expert cooked it for you.  But keep your eye out for my Tri Tip recipe coming out this next week, because I show you how to tweak this rub for that with similar results.

#8 of my Top 10 Recipes

This Steakhouse style Salted Baked Potato recipe is delicious and it’s so easy to prepare.  The most important part of this recipe is cleaning and seasoning the outside of the peal to insure you get that potato skin tasty.  And I show you how to do that so that it will compliment whatever toppings you decide to load on top.

#7 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Seared Salt and Pepper Ahi Tuna recipe.  It’s very easy to prepare and I give the ingredients to make a Wasabi Vinaigrette as well.  This is a great appetizer.  It can be served, as is, on a plate with the dipping sauce or topped over your favorite green salad, tossed with the vinaigrette as a dressing.

#6 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Potato Bomb Mini’s recipe.  And if you’ve ever made full size Potato Bombs on the grill or baked in your oven, then you know how tasty these can be.  I just show you how to make a smaller version with waxy potatoes.   I show you how to core the potatoes, stuff them with Mozzarella cheese and wrap them in bacon.  These can be cooked on the grill or in the oven.

#5 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Steamed Clams recipe.  Though this recipe ranks #5 on my channel, it is the #1 clam recipe on YouTube.  I use Littleneck Clams that are cooked to perfection and I show you how to make a garlic and butter clam broth that drowns the clams when they are finished.  I highly recommend adopting this recipe the next time your in the mood for fresh clams.

#4 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is my Garlic Mushrooms and Onions recipe and it is awesome.  These can be served on the side to compliment, practically, any dish; especially steak.  I also show you a fun alternative that is baked over the top of Texas Toast and cheese.  Give this a try the next time you need a vegetable side.

#3 of my Top 10 Recipes

This my Lobster Tail with Claws recipe.  It’s one of the best tutorials to watch if you’ve never learned how to prepare a raw lobster tail from scratch.  In comes in at #3 of the most popular recipes on my channel and website but it’s in the top 3 recipes on YouTube if you search Lobster Tails.  I also show you how to season and properly broil your tails as good as any seafood or steakhouse restaurant.

#2 of my Top 10 Recipes

This is one of the best Crispy Fried Shrimp recipes out there.  It’s a Southern style recipe that is currently the #1 fried shrimp recipe on all of YouTube and it has been for quite some time.  I show you how to peel your shrimp and how to prepare a semi spicy egg wash with a seasoned flour mix that gets the shrimp extra crispy after they are fried.  If you love fried shrimp, this is the recipe for you.  It’s also great in my Firecracker Shrimp recipe or what some people call, “Bang Bang Shrimp.”

#1 of my Top 10 Recipes

This Mongolian Beef recipe isn’t just the most popular video on my channel, it’s the #1 Mongolian beef recipe on all of YouTube.  I show you how to thinly slice the beef and the secret to getting the meat crispy when it’s fried.  But be sure to get the exact ingredients for the sauce here on the website because I don’t divulge all of the liquids mixed in with the soy sauce in the video.  This recipe can be used with chicken too, if you prefer, and I also use this sauce with my Mongolian Beef Ribs.

And there you have it; the Top 10 Recipes and most popular videos from my YouTube channel and website.  Be sure to check back for future posts and recipes.

Pork Gyro – Greek Tacos with Pita Bread

The Best Pork Gyro

I have found that the best Pork Gyro is made by Greek’s in sub sandwich style shops with fresh toppings and thinly sliced marinated meat cooking in a rotisserie.  Now all you need is some fresh baked Pita Bread, some Tzatziki Sauce and you’re good to go.  And that’s exactly what I aim to provide you hear in this recipe.  A great Greek marinade that will enhance the natural flavor of the pork or lamb, if you prefer, and the best way I know how to make this professional sandwich in the comfort of your own home that will taste like you’re in the heart of the motherland itself, guaranteed.

Pork Gyro Marinade

The Greek flavor in a great Pork Gyro is going to derive from the marinade and this marinade can be used with lamb as well.  But any roast is only as good as the seasoning it’s paired with.  So you’ve got to break the ingredients down and realize what gives it its originality and its authentic flavor.  I have found that the secret lies in the white wine vinegar and the juice that comes from the grating of a sweet red onion.  This secret is known to not only the Greeks but to the Persians as well.  Then spicing it up with some freshly chopped garlic, a few herbs and some salt and pepper, takes it the rest of the way.

Pork Gyro Meat Cooked in a Rotisserie

This Pork Gyro recipe does not have to be cooked in a Rotisserie, but I find that it really mimics the style you will find in any great Gyros Restaurant because the meat can be sliced off around the outside and served as it continues cooking towards the middle.  So it makes it fun for small parties and barbecues even though you aren’t technically grilling, I don’t think anyone will complain because these are amazing.  Plus you’re going to want to learn how to make the Greeks secret sauce called, Tzatziki Sauce.  This recipe is not only good with Gyros but a variety of other cooked meats, seafood or used as a dip for vegetables and baked goods like Pita Chips, Bagels and Large Pretzels or Pretzels Bites.

Pork Gyro Ingredients:

2 lbs Pork Roast, shoulder or butt thinly sliced
Pita Bread

Pork Gyro Marinade
1 Red Onion, grated
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/3 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup White Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp Rosemary
1 tbsp Oregano
1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp honey (optional)
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste

Toppings
Red Onion, chopped
Tomatoes, sliced
Baby Spinach
Click Here for Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Be sure to follow the instructions in the Pork Gyro video recipe tutorial.