Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mac & Cheese

Forgive the kiddie plate, but it seemed rather appropriate to plate this on one, since it seems to be a staple food item for children.

That’s right, it is an old standard and one of my all time favs! It’s Mac & Cheese. It’s also the first of several recipes to come, because it’s a favorite of mine, and well, it seems like I’ve clipped quite a few variations.

Macaroni & Cheese

½ pound elbow macaroni
8 tablespoons butter
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
¾ cup cheddar cheese shredded
½ cup bread crumbs

Cook macaroni til almost tender. Drain under cold water and set aside. Melt half of butter in a heavy saucepan over moderately high heat. Take off heat, whisking constantly. When mixture bubbles and begins to thicken, remove from heat and add salt and cayenne. Blend in cheese. Add macaroni and pour mixture into an 8inch square baking dish. Preheat oven to 350. In small saucepan, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter over moderate heat. Add bread crumbs and toss well; cook 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle crumbs over macaroni. Bake 25 minutes.

Technical stuff: Makes 6 servings

Difficulty: Easy!

Time : about 45 minutes

Served with: Sausages

Reheat Well?: it’s delicious! Sets perfectly and awesome in broiler oven. The crust gets crispy

Comments: it’s really really good. really really good. Good Football food. Great comfort food and easier and tastier then Mac & Cheese by about 100 fold.

Things I'd do differently next time: I would add just a touch more cheese.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! Making it TONIGHT! As, mac and cheese is also a fav of mine!!!