Mac 'N Cheese - What's the big deal?

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  1. ExxoticOne

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    Yet another pot luck today and work. People here go nuts over Mac 'N Cheese. I don't get it? :dunno: Maybe I've never had the good stuff. (Velveeta Shells and Cheese and the powdered stuff don't qualify!) Maybe I need a Paula Dean recipe.

    Are you eating Mac 'N Cheese? WHY?
     
  2. okie

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    Lisa honey, I LOVE Mac&Cheese, it is food of the Gods:eat::kiss::hugs:
     

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    Best Potluck Macaroni and Cheese


    So many macaroni and cheese recipes slump into a runny mess. Our baked mac and cheese is creamy, sturdy, and rich.

    Serves 8 to 10.

    Use block American cheese from the deli counter—prewrapped slices of American cheese will result in a drier mac and cheese.
    Ingredients
    3–4 slices hearty white sandwich bread , torn into large pieces
    8 tablespoons unsalted butter , 4 tablespoons melted
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    Salt
    1 pound elbow macaroni
    5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    3 (12-ounce) cans evaporated milk
    2 teaspoons hot sauce
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon dry mustard
    2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
    1 1/4 cups shredded American cheese , (about 5 ounces)
    3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    Instructions
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    1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.
    Pulse bread, melted butter, and Parmesan in food processor until ground to coarse crumb. Transfer to bowl.
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    2. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and macaroni to boiling water and cook
    until al dente, about 6 minutes.
    Reserve 1/2 cup macaroni cooking water, then drain and rinse macaroni in colander under cold running water.
    Set aside.
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    3. Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in now-empty pot over medium-high heat until foaming.
    Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture turns light brown, about 1 minute.
    Slowly whisk in evaporated milk, hot sauce, nutmeg, mustard, and 2 teaspoons salt and cook until mixture
    begins to simmer and is slightly thickened, about 4 minutes.
    Off heat, whisk in cheeses and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water until cheese melts. Stir in macaroni until completely coated.
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    4. Transfer mixture to 13 by 9-inch baking dish and top with bread crumb mixture.
    Bake until cheese is bubbling around edges and top is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
    Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
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    Make Ahead: The macaroni and cheese can be made in advance through step 3;
    since the pasta continues to absorb moisture, adjustments must be made to avoid a dry filling.
    To do so, increase amount of reserved pasta cooking water to 1 cup.
    Pour filling into 13 by 9-inch baking dish, lay plastic wrap directly on surface of pasta, and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
    The bread crumb mixture may be refrigerated in airtight container up to 2 days.
    When ready to bake, remove plastic wrap, cover macaroni mixture with foil, and bake for 30 minutes.
    Uncover, sprinkle bread crumbs over top, and bake until topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes longer.
     
  4. SCC

    SCC just me

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    I'm with okie !!!!!
     
  5. Free Radical

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    You gotta slice some weenies in there to make it right.
     
  6. gbambeck1

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    I'm not big on Mac & Cheese... I'll pass on it unless I'm starving and it's all that's available. I am a bit of a food snob. I only really eat fresh (yeah, like Famers market fresh) fruits and veggies, when I get a steak I go get it cut and eat it that same night. Mac and cheese (Boxed) is terrible for you anyway. I have a neighbors whos kids are FAT, I'm talking 8 year old weighs 120, it's discusting, all they eat is mac & cheese, hotdogs, and ice cream.

    They wil all be dead by 30. Meanwhile, when we have back yard get together, my kids are eating fresh vegitables and asking for more, they look at us like we're insane. But I'll get back on topic here, Mac & Cheese is crap. I'll pass.
     
  7. eXistenZ

    eXistenZ Play it.

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    I love Kraft Mac 'n Cheese plus my own home made which is about as ghetto as it gets.
     
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    You need some GOOD mac and cheese. I make it with 6 or 7 different cheeses including Havarti and Marscapone. Bake til bubbly.
     
  9. ExxoticOne

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    I feel compelled to throw bacon on top.
     
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    I've had real Southern country mac and cheese and it's good stuff, but I'm not so into it that I've ever tried to make it.
     
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    "Bacon on top" works for most things.
     
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    The Wisconsin Mac and Cheese at the "Noodles" Restaurant is fantastic!
     
  13. ExxoticOne

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    I love cheese too....maybe it's the elbow macaroni I don't care for. I think a larger pasta that can pick up the cheese sauce would be better...like a rigatoni or something. Then cover the top with bacon or bread crumbs or something.
     
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    You ever try the Mac-N-Cheese at Fred's Market? :eat:
     
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    I can't recall ever having bad mac and cheese. I've only had varying levels of delicious.
     
  16. okie

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    That would be SO Yum-O, Lisa honey:kiss::hugs:
     
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    Everything is better with bacon!!!
     
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  19. larry_minn

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    Few yrs back I was part of a big church dinner. I suggested some "mac and cheese" for the kids who might not like real food.
    I was AMAZED at how many "adults" and seniors loaded piles of mac/cheese and left chicken/stuffing/roast beef/salad/corn/peas/etc.etc.etc.
     
  20. IndyGunFreak

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    When we have church dinners, etc.. They ask my mom to bring Mac and Cheese... maybe I'm just used to it(it is good) but they all fawn over it.