Monday, February 9, 2009

Mac & Cheese Cache

A couple people have asked for the recipes, and here they are. Try both and tell me which one you think is the best.

Ma’s Macaroni & Cheese

1 lbs elbow macaroni
8 oz colby cheese, shredded
8 oz sharp new york cheddar, shredded
1 pt half and half or whole milk
1-2 egg(s)2 tablespoons finely ground flour (I use the Wonder gravy flour)
4 tablespoons butter
salt, pepper, white pepper
3/4 cup bread crumbs & 2 tablespoons melted butter combined

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Season liberally with white pepper and salt. In a medium pot, whisk together milk, butter, flour, and season liberally. Bring to a light simmer, but do not boil. Slowly add 1/2 of the cheese. Heath until completed melted. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, beat eggs. Temper eggs and add to liquid. In a baking dish, layer macaroni with cheese. Pour in liquid. Top with bread crumbs and bake at 400 F until top is brown and cheese is melted. Serve hot.

P.S. There is a secret ingredient, but my mom would kill me if I told you :) My advice - use whatever seasoning you think would enhance the dish. Red pepper flakes, shallot salt, be creative.

Donny’s Mac & Cheese*

1 lbs elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk1
1/2 to 2 cups cheese powder

Cook macaroni according to package directions. In a medium bowl, pour in hot macaroni and add butter, milk and cheese powder. Add more powder for a cheesier sauce. Add more milk for a more liquid-y sauce. Mix together. Serve immediately.

*Measurements are not Donny’s and they are just a guess.