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Mac and cheese

So, I made mac and cheese tonight. Alton Brown’s version. I used more cheese than he called for and different ones too. I did not add butter to the Panko topping either. It was not as brown as it probably would have been with butter but it was just as crunchy and good!! I added pepper jack, colby jack, swiss, and medium cheddar to the white sauce instead of using extra sharp cheddar. It was really, really good but the sauce broke before I mixed it with the pasta. I am not sure why. It still tasted awesome but I must be doing something wrong with the cheese sauce. Anyways! Here is the recipe!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Serves: 6 to 8 servings

* 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
* 3 tablespoons butter
* 3 tablespoons flour
* 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
* 3 cups milk
* 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
* 1 bay leaf
* 1/2 teaspoon paprika
* 1 large egg
* 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt
* Fresh black pepper

* 3 tablespoons butter
* 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

Remember to save leftovers for fried Macaroni and Cheese.

It was fabulous and there is more than half of it still left! 😀

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Posted by on August 3, 2009 in General Food, Meals!


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