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Monday, May 30, 2005

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

We had friends over this weekend and grilled some veggies and tested the Baked Macaroni and Cheese for the kids. Oh, yes, we ate a bunch too! When I was a kid my mom could barely get the pan in the oven before I ate a several spoonfulls of my favorite meal. The best part is what I call the "crackle" -- that crunchy browned cheese that borders the pan. Here's the classic that we're using in the book. The recipe has maintained its original integrity, but it seemed a bit more dry than mom's after it sat for a few minutes, so I reduce the flour by 2 tablespoons. Let me know what you think!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Serves 4 to 6
There are basically two types of macaroni and cheese recipes. In this one type, macaroni is baked in a béchamel, or white sauce, to which cheese is added.

1 pound elbow macaroni
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose unbleached flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 cups milk
1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 pound Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Lightly butter a large casserole dish.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente. Drain well. Transfer to the casserole dish.
3. To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Stir in the flour and dry mustard to form a smooth paste. Stir in the milk and bring to a boil, stirring to prevent lumps. When the sauce thickens, stir in the cheddar and Velveeta until melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Mix the sauce with the macaroni and bake for about 30 minutes, until bubbly and lightly browned.


Blogger Nupur said...

Could you suggest some natural substitute for Velveeta cheese?

10:24 AM

Blogger Richard Perry said...

The classic America version of macaroni and cheese contained Velvetta, but I've made it with just 100% cheddar cheese and love it. We've found it that way in vintage cookbooks as well. I don't know if there's a substitute for the "miracle" of Velveeta. It's flavor is so unique. I think what I'll do is suggest 100% cheddar cheese as an option. Did you know Velveeta is sold on the dry shelves of a grocery store? -- that is, not chilled? Crazy stuff! Thanks for your feedback.

6:37 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family loves this mac & cheese recipe. It's the best by far & the only one we use from now on.

1:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i made this a few weeks ago and it was great. i didn't bookmark the page and it took forever to find it again. it is easy to make and great tasting.

6:49 AM

Anonymous Atalanta said...

This recipe is great. I too lost track of where I found it for awhile. There is no substitute for the velveeta, if u want it to taste the way it does as in this recipe. Otherwise, just use regular cheddar cheese like all the other recipes say But it won't be the same. This is good macaroni and cheese, but it's because of the velveeta, not inspite of it.

6:00 PM

Anonymous Misha from Michigan said...

Really enjoyed this dish. I will make this again. I think the trick to the white sauce is to make sure the flour is well cooked before adding the milk.

6:44 AM

Blogger Cait said...

Has anyone made this up a day ahead of time and then baked later? If so, how did it turn out?

9:12 AM

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