Macaroni and Cheese: Which style?

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Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/02 20:13:14
My wife made it the day that issue of Bon Appetit arrived. The girls have been making it for their families for years now.
plb
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/03 10:04:56
Alton Brown's version is great, it's available on Food Network website. 
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/03 10:17:44
I vote for rich, baked macaroni and cheese with quality cheese.  Can't handle the goopy, glunky stovetop stuff.
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/03 10:19:43
Michael Hoffman: Now that's a recipe I can deal with!
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/03 14:11:54
plb

Alton Brown's version is great, it's available on Food Network website. 


No need to look it up. Here it is:
Alton Browns  Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time: 20 min     Cook Time: 45 min
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper
Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.
While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.
Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.
Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.
 
plb
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/03 15:44:28
Foodbme,
Thanks for posting.  The only things we did differently were to cook the onions first and use Gruyere cheese in the topping.
kishkaeater
Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/04 12:23:02
Total comfort food whether out of the oven, freezer or the box.
 
The only way I don't seem to like it is when they make nuggets out of baked, and then deep fry them.   Why?
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/04 13:20:01
Michael Hoffman

I think I might have posted this on another thread a couple on years ago, but just in case:

The Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese
Horseradish Grill, Atlanta, Scott Peacock
Bon Appetit September 1995



JMHO, but this recipe doesn't hold a candle to the Patti LaBelle recipe. I made it last night and followed the recipe exactly, but the results weren't what this family considers great Mac & Cheese. The sour cream and nutmeg didn't seem to belong and the custard-like texture was kind of a turn-off.   pb 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/04 13:43:14
OK. Sorry you didn't care for it.
TrentonDog
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/04 16:25:27
Here is a quick way to make Kraft boxed macaroni and cheese dinner a little more "homemade". You need to use the stuff with the pouch of cheez whiz, not the powdered kind.
 
Trent's easy "baked" mac n' cheese
 
Prepare macaroni and drain 2 minutes shy of what is said on the box. In the (non stick) pot you cooked the macaroni, add 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and cook over medium high heat until cheese is slightly burnt and bubbly. Add macaroni, 1/4 cup of milk, cheese packet and stir over med-low heat scraping up the burnt cheddar. Voila! Baked macaroni n' cheese taste in just 15 minutes.
 
I stumbled on this trick when I accidentaly left the burner on after making Kraft Deluxe Mac n' Cheese and I scorched the bottom a little. My family actually liked it. It was a little dry and the macaroni was a little over done so I adjusted the cooking time added real cheddar and some milk to make it creamy.
 
Enjoy!
 
- Trent
 
 
SuperDog
Junior Burger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/06 02:21:47
Hello All,
We make our Mac and cheese in house:
Make a roux and bechamel, mix in your cheese and seasoning, the simplist say salt and garlic and rosemary, then mix in the elbow mac? You can fridge  this and reheat in the microwave since the bachamel will prevent the cheese sauce from breaking.
You can brown some bacon or pancetta, or put some bread crumbs topping for textural (spelling) interest.
We top all our mac and cheese with some coney chili and it is indeed to die for.
WAy way way better than mac and cheese from a box.
 
Love,
SuperDog from Portland Oregon
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/06 06:25:41
SuperDog

We top all our mac and cheese with some coney chili and it is indeed to die for.
Love,
SuperDog from Portland Oregon


I've never heard of chili over mac and cheese, but it sure sounds good.  I'll have to try that. 
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 16:54:00
Michael Hoffman The Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

Just for the record, note that this is baked macaroni & cheese, not macaroni with cheese sauce...
 
Bart
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 17:04:12
Isn't macaroni  and cheese normally baked?
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 18:51:27
Michael Hoffman

Isn't macaroni  and cheese normally baked?

 
Michael, my daughter always bakes it and I never do.  I guess it is a matter of taste.  I just boil the noodles and add my own personal choice of cheese and whatever else I want to add. 
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 20:19:34
Baked or boiled it's all still good!
I prefer baked cause I like the Crust on top!
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 20:28:29
I have never had  top pf the stove macaroni and cheese.  I  love it  baked and  would never change.   I  do  admit to making  the  Blue box  stuff for  my  youngest  grandaughter.  She calls  mine    Macaroni and cheese  and  she calls the  blue box  stuff  "mac and cheese".  She knows her stuff!                                                   
post edited by Greymo - 2011/01/08 20:29:34
SuperDog
Junior Burger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 22:44:38
I  found much better control of doneness and crustiness doing elbow mac mix with cheese sauce, than baking the whole thing in the oven. Also, I found that reheating this mac and  cheese is a lot better than the bake ones. If you like a crust on top, you can always put that in the oven with the boiler on to acheive that. I am sure both ways it is delicious, and it is a matter of preference. 
post edited by SuperDog - 2011/01/08 23:05:17
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 22:51:37
When we were growing up.mom never called it macaroni and cheese...it was always "baked macaroni"!!!
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 22:53:12
though I haven't had the pleasure of superdog's,
it makes a great dish.
   Think chili 5 way but with the cheese deliciously melted.
ChrisOC
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/09 14:03:33
Has amyone ever tried the $5.99 mac & cheese at the supermarket hot bar?
kishkaeater
Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 15:07:11
Think I'm going to try a blow torch on the top of mine.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 15:40:46
I think that's an excellent idea.
analei
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 15:49:38
i prefer baked, but stovetop is nice.
A friend of mine from Worchester, MA, tells me that her recipe is style used in that area of the world.
 
Pasta plus lots of cheddar cheese, and some milk and butter..dump it all into a buttered glass dish, mix, then add more cheese on top and bake it. Is this true, or just her preference?
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 18:32:43
analei

i prefer baked, but stovetop is nice.
A friend of mine from Worchester, MA, tells me that her recipe is style used in that area of the world.

Pasta plus lots of cheddar cheese, and some milk and butter..dump it all into a buttered glass dish, mix, then add more cheese on top and bake it. Is this true, or just her preference?


Very true...the same way my mom made it in the 50's...only she used velveta that she melted in the butter and milk...then put in an oven safe bowl with Elbow macaroni(or small shells) and bake...sometimes she'd put Italian breadcrumbs on top....once in a while she'd also add a sliced up canned tomato...dad liked it that way...with medium shells(he said the shells held the sauce better!!!)
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 18:34:14
Oh...she might layer in more thin slices of velveta across the mac.....made it nice and creamy and cheesy!!
TrentonDog
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 19:40:14
Made a great topping for baked mac and cheese last night from leftovers. I pounded some leftover dry stuffing (from thanksgiving) into crumbs, added some butter and chopped up pre-cooked bacon. Spread over the casserole dish, and delicious!
 
The recipe I used for baked is similar to the Alton Brown recipe posted except there is no bay leaf and some worcestershire sauce in the mix.
post edited by TrentonDog - 2011/01/10 19:54:49
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 19:44:02
Make a bechamel.  Add a little dry mustard if it's your preference.  Add lots of cheese and then add some more.
 
Stir al dente elbow macaroni into sauce.  You can add more cheese at this point.  (Never Velveeta)  Bake with or without topping.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 19:58:46
Leethebard-completely forgot My Mom used to add sliced tomato on top of her baked mac and cheese!I knew I was missing something!I do not make a sauce with the cheese-I mix my flour, milk, onion and dry mustard-mix it in the cooked noodles, than mix in about 20 oz.of very sharp shredded cheddar.Bake with no bread crumb topping.My basic recipe is from JPRfeff, and its a winner!
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 20:49:28
Sounds great!!!!
nom nom nom
Junior Burger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/03/26 12:07:36
The box is nostalgic. It seems to make sense, if you are selling street food, to attempt to appeal to your clientele. Both versions are easy to make and both serve a purpose. What do personal preference and successful selling have to do with one another?
 
The mini-fridge in my trailer holds my personal preferences. The deep freeze and the full-sized fridge hold my payload...never the twain shall meet.
 
post edited by nom nom nom - 2011/03/26 12:12:04
zimm3839
Junior Burger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/07/02 17:10:26
Baked with a cream sauce and real cheese... Panko on top or not... Either way its awsome !!!!!!!!!!
SeamusD
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/07/07 13:37:02
I'll make it in the oven with homemade sauce and bread crumb topping if I'm making it for other people... out of the box with some extra cheddar and splashed with Tapatio once in the bowl, if it's just me. I also like to put a scoop of chili on top if I have some in the fridge/freezer.
claracamille
Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/07/17 10:23:43
Mac & cheese was always one of my go to dinners when all 4 kids were at home.  Now it is one of the grandchildrens' favorite.  Here is my recipe, not fancy, but very comforting.
Macaroni & cheese
1 lb  box of macaroni, cooked to al dente.
3 T butter
3 T flour
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 C milk
1/2 lb velveeta, cut into chunks
2 C shredded mild cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350
In large plastic bowl(the largest  & tallest that will fit into your microwave, when the sauce boils, it will come up & you want a deep bowl to prevent a boilover) melt  butter in microwave, whisk in flour & salt , then whisk in milk.    Microwave on high for 2 minutes, whisk, microwave 2 minutes, whisk again,repeat until sauce is thick.  Add Velveeta, stir until Velveeta is melted.  Add cooked macaroni,stir to combine, add shredded cheese.  Pour into greased( use butter) 9x13 baking dish, bake 3-35 minutes, until mac & cheese is bubbling & the edges start to brown.
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/07/17 16:22:01
Baked, nice and thick, not runny.  With good cheddar.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/07/17 17:08:43
I agree, MellowRoast.For me, a good cheddar is a must-none of the bagged stuff but a sharp one I need to grate myself!
ces1948
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/07/17 17:56:38
It may be blasphemy but I like the Bob Evans brand in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. Also love the Bob Evans mashed potatoes from the same section.
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/07/18 17:25:48
ann peeples

I agree, MellowRoast.For me, a good cheddar is a must-none of the bagged stuff but a sharp one I need to grate myself!

You got that right.  Just hand me a box grater and I'll go to town with it.  Can't handle that doggone cellulose powder.
NascarDad
Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/07/28 12:07:27
the youngest in my family is very picky ever since he had an allergic reaction to some food.  Ever since then he won't try much new ever, and is very picky.  To him, all he wants is the Kraft M&C and that's it.  It is one of about 4 foods he eats.  So we keep it around for him even though my wife would prefer to make homemade.
 
He is so stubborn that he actually wont eat something he doesn't trust  to the point that he is sick from low blood sugar.  Of course a trip to the emergency room in an ambulance at 20 months old probably sticks with you when your still just 3.
SeamusD
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/07/29 11:16:22
NascarDad

the youngest in my family is very picky ever since he had an allergic reaction to some food.  Ever since then he won't try much new ever, and is very picky.  To him, all he wants is the Kraft M&C and that's it.  It is one of about 4 foods he eats.  So we keep it around for him even though my wife would prefer to make homemade.

He is so stubborn that he actually wont eat something he doesn't trust  to the point that he is sick from low blood sugar.  Of course a trip to the emergency room in an ambulance at 20 months old probably sticks with you when your still just 3.


I went through the same thing, but I was 20. I ended up severely malnourished and a bout with salmonella almost did me in. Hopefully you'll be able to help him overcome his anxiety about food and get him eating more things. I got tested to find out what I was sensitive to, to know what to avoid, and it helped my anxiety about having a reaction diminish greatly. Now I have a hard time keeping the pounds off as opposed to putting them on.
kevincad
Cheeseburger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2012/03/29 15:00:19
MellowRoast

Baked, nice and thick, not runny.  With good cheddar.

 
Yes! My Aunt made the best mac and cheese I've ever eaten anywhere, and I've eaten a LOT. Simply a pound of macaroni, cooked al dente, a block of extra sharp New York Cheddar (ok, I guess you could use other extra sharp cheddar!) a can of evaporated milk, a little salt. When the macaroni is done, drain, immediately add the block of cheddar that you've grated, and stir to melt, add the can of evap milk, then enough water to ensure the macaroni is covered by liquid, put in a casserole dish, into a 350 degree oven for 45 or so minutes. 
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2012/03/29 15:18:29
Love mac and cheese, but growing up in the 50's in our Italian household, mon considered it purely a side dish...no mac and cheese dinners....Pasta was a dinner...on Sunday...or a first course on holidays...mac and cheese, side dish!!!
jimBoSF
Junior Burger
Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2012/07/12 17:31:56
I can't think of a bad style of Mac and cheese, unless it doesn't have enough cheese.
 
think my favorite has become deep fried mac and cheese balls, since having them on the road in Maryland. I forget the name of that diner but we had seen it on TV. Insane good
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