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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I made baked macaroni and cheese last night. No recipe of course, but I’m pretty sure I remembered the essential parts of both the Cooks Illustrated recipe, and my Better Houskeeping mac and cheese recipe. Though, after it had cooked, I think it was a bit gritty, so I may need to actually reread the recipes to figure out where I went wrong.

Basically I made a light roux – equal parts of butter and flour, and cooked it for about 5-10 minutes – as a base for my mac and cheese, stirred in a cup or so of whole milk – slowly, and allowing everything to assimilate before adding more milk. Then I added about 2 Cups of Sharp Cheddar Cheese – again, slowly, and allowing everything to melt together before adding more. Meanwhile I was cooking up the macaroni – 7 min in boiling water.

I also purchased a loaf of sourdough bread. I sliced about 4 pieces into 3/4″ widths and then put them in the toaster to toast them. We like our Macaroni and Cheese with a lot of toasty bread :D. Then I basically diced the toast and put it on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Put the macaroni on top of that, and top with the Cheese sauce part of the Macaroni and cheese. I stirred the whole thing up a bit – it could have used a bit more sauce or a bit less macaroni, but it was pretty good. Put the oven at 350 degrees, and bake for about 20 min.

I also like to top mine with Tabasco sauce or another hot sauce like Siriachi sauce. I don’t put mustard powder in my Macaroni and Cheese because I can never taste it, so I never miss it.

I think that the Cook’s Illustrated version has you add an egg or two to the sauce AFTER you’ve taken it off the heat so that it gets creamier, but if I were you, I’d double check that. However, the eggs might have been why my Macaroni and Cheese was a bit grainy. I’ve thought about topping the Mac and Cheese with sliced tomato, but still haven’t tried that yet.

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4 comments to Baked Macaroni and Cheese

  • ankit samria

    nice attempt.i hope it tasted good. i will try in the same way.

  • Next time buy macaroni and cheese, it’s easier to make and taste delicious.

  • Hey its really so yummy recipe which you have used.I have prepared in different way thats why it was not so tasty but the way you prepared it, its amazing and looks very tasty.Cheese and macaroni help to make economical and easier food item which is healthy and nutritious for kids and adults both.

  • turker

    I am usually afraid to try to make recipes that require a roux, I have problems with overcooking it or undercooking it, or having too floury a flavor. But it’s always worth the extra effort to make homecooked mac and cheese, rather than breaking out the blue Kraft boxes! Tomatoes would probably go really well on top, as would a savory or spicy sausage, like maybe chorizo.

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