Tuesday, December 2, 2008

THE BEST BAKED MAC & CHEESE!

Ready for the oven



Time to DIG IN!



It's a cold winter's night, walking quickly to the front door your feet crunch on the sparkling snow, the door creaks as you step over the threshold to get in the house and out of the bitter wind. Frost covers the windows of the old farmhouse, double thermal insulated panes don't stop Jack Frost. It's dinner time, what should we make tonight?

Comfort food is a must on an evening like this, and something that smells delicious. I'm going to share a simple, but delicious, recipe with you that my friend, Kathy B., shared with me! I've given this recipe to a lot of people, because when they taste it, they just have to know what's in it....and no one that tries it is ever disappointed, that is unless they use skim or lowfat milk, it makes this too watery! So remember, to use whole or two percent and you'll be okay!

BAKED MAC AND CHEESE
**Spray your 2.5 -QUART baking dish with Pam so clean-up will be easier

**YOU MAY WANT TO SET THIS BAKING DISH ON AN OLD COOKIE SHEET WITH SIDES IN CASE OF A SPILLOVER.


**Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2 c. macaroni, uncooked

3 T. butter or margarine, melted (can be done in the baking dish you're going to use while the oven preheats)

8-16 oz. grated cheese (I use closer to 8 oz. than 16,and I like cheddar and/or taco blend with a touch of cubed Velveeta, but any cheese or combination is fine!)

1 t. salt

4 c. milk (whole or two percent, not skim or lowfat)

Melt the butter or margarine in a 2 quart casserole, and then add dry macaroni and stir it to coat with the melted butter.

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to mix. Don't forget the salt, or your dish will, for the most part, be flavorless!

Bake, covered, at 350 for 1 to 1-1/4 hours then for at least fifteen minutes uncovered until it's browned to your liking!

There is NEVER any of this left at a church potluck or picnic (I always double or triple it!). You'll love it just as much when you make a batch for your family and there's some leftover, it tastes even better reheated! Enjoy and keep warm, wherever you may be on this cold winter's night!

OFFICIAL FARMHOUSE FOOD!

1 comment:

gage and mommy said...

hmm that looks soo good! It beats the burger king we had on the run tonight!!! YUCK