Monday, February 20, 2012

Recipes: Macaroni and Cheese- a little grown up

I love a good macaroni and cheese and this one was pretty damn good. It's a little dressed up so doesn't feel quite like a kids side dish. The added ingredients (mustard, onion, cayenne pepper) gave it a nice little kick and a wonderful flavor. Smelled heavenly when it was cooking too.









I did manage to throw in my very own blunder and didn't realize with the topping that the oil said 2 teaspoons not 2 Tablespoons. I wasn't paying enough attention and am totally blaming the 140 pound dog hovering around my feet trying to sneak a taste. So my topping was a bit wet and had to be put under the broiler for a bit to get it even a little crispy. I'll definitely make this dish again and get that little bit right. The only change I made to the recipe was adding an extra cup of cheese. I love my mac and cheese really cheesy. Next time I might try a little stronger cheese. I used a mild Cheddar since that was what was on hand. Was still very nice. The dish was creamy and perfect for a snowy day when you just need a little comfort food to get you going.


Recipe after the jump


Mac & Cheese Casserole
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2T very finely chopped onion
  • 3T flour
  • 1t yellow mustard
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1/4t ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1/4t black pepper
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese
Topping
  • 2T plain bread crumbs
  • 2T Parmesan cheese
  • 2t veggie oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 350
  • Cook and drain pasta. Return to pan and stir in sour cream. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
  • In saucepan on medium heat stir together milk, onion, flour, mustard, salt, red pepper and black pepper with a whisk until smooth
  • Continue stirring until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted
  • Combine cheese sauce and macaroni mixture. Mix well and pour into baking dish.
  • Mix topping ingredients until crumbly and sprinkle over casserole.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes until edges are bubbly

2 comments:

  1. I love macaroni and cheese and this looks great. I tend to just use a mix out of a box but my daughter actually has her husband's grandmother's recipe and she makes it on special occasions.

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    1. Yeah another Mac and Cheese lover! ooohh. Jealous of the family recipe! I think I'm the first in my family to ever make mac and cheese not from a box. That's usually how I go too but it's fun to make it from scratch now and then :)

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