Ina Garten attends the 10th Annual New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend photocall at the Times Center on January 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Follow Ina Garten's Tomato Tip To Elevate The Flavor Of Mac And Cheese
To elevate a classic mac and cheese casserole, TV personality and chef Ina Garten likes to top hers with sliced tomatoes before baking it.
Baking tomatoes brings out a concentrated sweet and umami flavor to complement the salty, savory cheeses of the mac and cheese. They also offer a pop of color.
In a recipe on her website, Garten replaces shredded cheese with sliced tomato rounds and butter-soaked bread crumbs, creating a well-balanced sweet and savory flavor.
You can use any kind of fresh tomato you'd like. Sliced cherry tomatoes can add sweetness, while multi-colored heirloom tomatoes give the dish a striking look.