Saturday, January 15, 2011

Macaroni and Cheese





Ok, this is awesome enough to need no introduction.  So I won't be bringing the LOL's with some dumb story to start this post.  Eat it up!



What you need:



  • 1 box elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard ( you can use regular mustard too)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese ( ok maybe 3 cups..1 for the top, I mixed cheddar and colby jack)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


What you do:
 
Preheat oven to 400.  Cook macaroni according to package directions and drain.  In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add flour and whisk together.  Continue to whisk for a few minutes, until mixture becomes a light brown color.  Slowly add milk and cream, whisking the whole time to avoid lumps.  Add in mustard, salt and pepper, and let it bubble for a minutes to thicken.  Once thick, add 2 cups of cheese, a little at a time and mix well between additions.  Remove from heat.  Mix in cooked macaroni and pour it all out into a 13x9 inch baking pan.  Cover with remaining 1 cup of cheese and bake  for 20 minutes, or until top is golden brown.  YUMMMMMM!

I make a more adult version of this, but subbing gruyere cheese for the cheddar and subbing 1 tsp nutmeg for the mustard.  Either way its crazy good, and comforting.




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