Thursday, January 12, 2012

Homemade macaroni & cheese 2 ways....

My family loves macaroni & cheese.... I make it two different ways...both are easy one is creamy and the other has a cheese custardy kind of filling...both are equally delicious.... I use different kinds of cheeses to make things taste yummy, usually cleaning out my cheese drawers.  I usually use cheddar (both mild & sharp), a little parmesan, co-jack, swiss...but use whatever you like... and I usually save a little for the top ( I put it on in the last few minutes of baking)....  enjoy

Macaroni & cheese #1

1/2 of a 1 lb. box of macaroni, cooked and drained
1 can evaporated milk
2 eggs, beaten with a fork
1/2 cup  milk
2-3 cups shredded cheese (plus a little more for the top)
seasonings of your choice (I use garlic & onion powder, seasoned salt, pinch of salt & pepper)

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Put both kinds of milk in baking dish & whisk in eggs and seasonings.  Add cheese and macaroni stirring well.  Milk mixture should be almost to the top (if not add a little more milk you shouldn't need to add much more milk).  Stir all very well and place in oven.  Bake for around 1 1/4 hours until top is golden brown and center and sides are bubbly.  I usually take a spoon and move the center to look if the custard around the macaroni is set.  Sprinkle with extra shredded cheese and bake for a couple of minutes more until melted. Remove from oven & enjoy.

Macaroni & Cheese # 2

1/2 of a 1 lb package of macaroni, cooked and drained
1/2 stick of butter
1/4 cup of flour
3 cups of shredded cheese,divided (plus more for the top)
2 1/2 cups of milk

seasonings of your choice ( I use garlic & onion powder, seasoned salt, pinch of salt & pepper)

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  In saucepan melt butter, sprinkle in flour and whisk together to make a roux.  Let cook for 3-4 minutes whisking to cook the raw flour taste out.  Add milk & seasonings.  Whisk together cooking until bubbly and thick.  Whisk in 2 1/2 cups of cheese until melted.  Add macaroni coating well.  Add remaining 1/2 cup cheese stir well and place in greased baking dish.  Bake for around 20-30  minutes (check after 20 minutes) mixture should be bubbly and starting to get golden brown.  Sprinkle with a little extra cheese and bake for a couple more minutes until melted. Remove from oven & enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think I have ever made (good) home-made mac and cheese. Now I have no excuse, right? Thanks for sharing this Joelle!