Its been too long since I have shared a recipe here! While I am sharing recipes at Charlotte Magazine's Home+Garden blog, this site has gone quiet. And I miss you all! It is my honest to goodness goal to bring you more original content in the weeks to come.
So:: onward to why I picked Macaroni and Cheese to share with you today. Well, this recipe has been in our family for as long as I can remember. We eat it at every holiday, along with the typical meats, squash casserole, creamed corn, and rice and gravy (pound cake or coca cola cake for dessert). In our family the more dishes on the buffet the better!
When we lived in Minnesota and I got homesick for my family in the south, I would make this dish. The egg in this recipe gives the dish a slight custard/casserole texture that is good the first day and even better the next day. It is the ultimate comfort food.
Baked Macaroni & Cheese
1/2 lb macaroni (about 1/2 of a box), cooked al dente
4 tablespoons butter, chopped into chunks (I use salted)
2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons dry mustard
A 8 oz block of sharp cheddar cheese (as my Grandma says: more is better!)
Salt, Pepper, and ground red pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Boil macaroni in salted water until al dente, drain. Place chunks of butter (about 8-10 pieces) along bottom of baking dish. Pour half of the warm cooked noodles over butter pieces.
Whisk together egg, milk, mustard, salt and pepper.
Pour half of the milk+egg mixture over noodles. Top with 4oz of shredded cheese. Repeat with remaining noodles, liquid milk+egg mixture, and finally cheese.
Bake for 30-45 minutes until cheese is melted and a little crispy. Serve warm as a side dish.
A few quick notes:
Use regular, not reduced fat cheese, for best texture and taste.
Be sure to use a sharp cheese in block form. Pre-shredded cheese won't have enough moisture.
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