August 14, 2011

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I have had a request for this recipe.... I got the original from my American Cuisine book from culinary school.  I have changed a few things so this is the one we use at our house.  This is one of the kids MOST favorite dishes.  We eat it as a side with meat entrees or by itself for a meatless dinner.  I get this recipe request for all birthday celebrations and comfort food treats.

2 cups of elbow noodles... can use gluten free noodles if you like and it works great.
4 Tbsp REAL butter not margarine.  ;)
2 cups cheddar cheese
2 cups colby/jack
2 eggs
1 can evaporated milk
salt and white pepper to taste

Cook elbow noodles according to package.

Strain water off and add the butter.  Stir in to melt

While you are waiting for the noodles to cook you can heat the evaporated milk in a saucepan just to boiling and then turn off.  Temper  the hot milk into the eggs (meaning whip the eggs while you slowly pour hot milk into them so they don't cook or curdle).  Add the cheese into the hot milk and eggs to start incorporating and melting the cheese.

Once the pasta is done and buttered and the cheese/egg/ and milk mixture is ready stir all together plus a bit of salt and pepper to taste and put into a baking dish.   Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 to 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

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