Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Eureka! I Found It!!!

Am I the only one who has been on an ongoing quest, to find the cheesiest, creamiest mac&cheese recipe that would put Kraft to shame and elevate me to most high culinary queen of the household?... Come on! There HAS to be others out there! Well, to all you closeted comfort food lovers out there (I know you are out there, hating the bran and mung bean pie diet you've been forcing yourself to claim you love in Facebook status updates!), I found it! After much experimentation, that hasn't been bad, but just not quite making the mark, I stumbled upon it. I am going to share it, rather than market it for a gazillion bucks, because I am just that kind of selfless fool (haha). So, enjoy, and be prepared to have your children gazing at you with awe and your husband nuzzling your shoulder with adoration all through dinner.

Cheesiest, Creamiest Mac&Cheese

Sauce Base:
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. Tabasco
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 12 oz. cheese (1/2 Velveeta, 1/2 mild cheddar)
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
8 oz. macaroni or similar shaped pasta

Boil up at least two quarts of water in a big pot. While the water is heating up, mix the sauce base ingredients in a bowl, and set aside. Once the water is at a rolling boil, add a tablespoon of salt and the pasta. Cook until tender, drain, reduce heat on burner to low, and return pasta to pot. Add butter and toss until melted.

Add two thirds of the cheese and sauce base, and stir until the cheese is almost melted. Gradually add the remaining cheese and sauce base until all of it is melted, about 5 minutes. Top with toasted breadcrumbs or crumbled crackers (we like crumbling cheesy goldfish crackers on top), and serve.

-Half the cheese needs a good creamy easy melting cheese. Like Velveeta or Gueryer.
-Make sure the pasta is fully cooked. Normally al dente is a good thing, but not with mac and cheese.
-The recipe is very, very open to interpretation and playing around. Throw some meat in, do different seasonings, try different cheeses from around the world, have fun with it!

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