Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mac N Cheese - Southern Food

Many of us enjoy our comfort food and every now and again if I haven't cooked something in a while and there is a hankering for it, I get a request from Gregg.  This time it was for Macaroni and Cheese.  It was hot again today, 99 degrees F.  I didn't want to turn the oven on but as our air-conditioner is now fixed and this dish only had to go in for half an hour, I said I would have it ready by the time he got home.  I have borrowed the picture from the site I got it from because yet again I forgot to take a photo.  I know you've all probably got your own favorite recipe for this dish, but this was so easy and as I like to make a record of all the ones that we really enjoy I am sharing it. I got the recipe here.



Macaroni and Cheese

8 ozs. elbow macaroni
1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese (our favorite is Dubliner)
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 cup buttered fresh breadcrumbs (the suggestion was to process 2 slices of bread in a food processor with 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter.  I used my blender and melted the butter before mixing it in).

Boil the macaroni in salted water according to the package directions.  Drain under running cold water.  Cover the bottom part of a 2-quart baking dish with a layer of macaroni, a layer of cheese, dabs of butter, salt and pepper.

Continue layers until all ingredients are used, ending with a cheese layer.

Whisk milk and egg together and pour over the top.  Cover with buttered breadcrumbs and bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until browned and cooked through.

Serves 4 to 6.


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I loved the fact that this was such an easy dish to put together as I started late in the day after Gregg had called to say he was on his way home. The breadcrumb topping added a delicious crunchiness and everything was very yummy. I was also going to make a squash casserole but time was getting on and instead served it with a fruit salad consisting of diced mango, strawberries, watermelon and blueberries, everything that I already had on hand in the fridge for my smoothies. It made for a light and refreshing side.

Added note: there were leftovers which we had the next night.  Reheated it was just as delicious.