We’ve been learning a lot about the royal family’s eating habits lately thanks to former palace chef Darren McGrady. You might have previously expected the Windsors to prefer their meals on the fancier side, but they apparently enjoy many of the same simple pleasures the rest of us do — like Prince Charles’ fondness for freshly grown produce and wild mushrooms, or Queen Elizabeth’s annual chocolate birthday cake.
Prince William and Harry, who were still young boys when McGrady cooked for them, seemed to lean toward comfort food. The chef previously revealed their love of cottage pie, a traditional meat and potato dish. Now, he’s sharing another scrumptious recipe he’d whip up to put a smile on their faces: ooey-gooey mac and cheese.
According to McGrady, the secret to making this side dish extra-irresistible is combining not one, not two, but three different types of cheese. Mozzarella is particularly good at creating the pleasing oozing effect each time you grab a bite. He adds that with Parmesan, cheddar, butter, and flour to mix up a creamy roux. And, the whole thing only takes a couple minutes to put together!
McGrady also shared an even easier way to create perfectly crispy roasted chicken — all you need is salt! Take a look to see how he makes both dishes in the video below (and how he and the nanny teamed up to make sure the boys were eating plenty of greens, too).
The chicken is nice, but we can’t get over how amazing that mac and cheese looks! You have to admit, like McGrady says, it’s way better than anything you could get from a pre-packaged powder mix. And the way he and the nanny used the delicious food to bargain more nutritious bites for the boys is pretty darn clever.
We’ll definitely be recreating these royal favorites in our kitchens ASAP! Here’s hoping McGrady shares even more of the family’s beloved recipes for us to keep trying.