Mac and Cheese

Happy New Year y`all!

What better way to start 2010 than some southern home cooking. Mac and Cheese pretty much combines many of my great loves all in one single dish. Cheese, pasta, butter and some more cheese. How can you go wrong with that?

I will also argue that Mac and Cheese does not have to be a high calorie, fat drenched dish. I used Skim Milk in place of cream and limited the amount of butter. The end result is still heaven on a plate.

I am also the proud new owner of some fancy new dishes and a 12 megapixel camera. Plating is just going to keep getting better. Thanks Santa(s)!

Mac and Cheese (to feed a crowd…6-8 people)

  • 1 litre skim milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ of an onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed but kept whole
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp light cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Half a bag of elbow macaroni (about 500 grams)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Breadcrumb Topping:

  • 1 ½ cups breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 tbsp butter, melted

Start by lightly sautéing the roughly chopped onion and garlic in a little bit of butter or oil. Once soft (about 2 minutes), add in the milk, bay leaves, cream cheese, sour cream, mustard, salt and pepper. Simmer the milk mixture on medium low for about 15 minutes, stirring often. Try not to let the milk boil, a gentle simmer to infuse all the ingredients is what works best.

Cook elbow macaroni until al dente in salted water, drain and set aside. Grease a baking dish and heat oven to 425 degrees.

Pour milk mixture through a strainer to get the onion, bay leaves, etc. out and then pour back into the pot. Combine the butter and flour with a fork (butter needs to be room temperature) and then add into the milk mixture, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Gently cook until the sauce thickens, add the shredded cheddar cheese. Toss in the macaroni and then pour into the baking dish.

Melt the butter for the topping and mix together with the breadcrumbs. Sprinkle on top of the macaroni and bake until golden brown (about 15 minutes).

I served the Mac and Cheese with some homemade creamy coleslaw. Delish!

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One Response to “Mac and Cheese”

  1. Say Cheese! « Ive's Garden of "Eat-in" Says:

    […] As you can probably tell by now, I consider cheese to be a very special food group. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out one of my favourite posts so far: mac and cheese  . […]

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