Macaroni and Cheese: Which style?

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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/02 20:13:14 (permalink)
My wife made it the day that issue of Bon Appetit arrived. The girls have been making it for their families for years now.
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/03 10:04:56 (permalink)
Alton Brown's version is great, it's available on Food Network website. 
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/03 10:17:44 (permalink)
I vote for rich, baked macaroni and cheese with quality cheese.  Can't handle the goopy, glunky stovetop stuff.
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/03 10:19:43 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman: Now that's a recipe I can deal with!
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/03 14:11:54 (permalink)
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.
 
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/03 15:44:28 (permalink)
Foodbme,
Thanks for posting.  The only things we did differently were to cook the onions first and use Gruyere cheese in the topping.
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/04 12:23:02 (permalink)
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?
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/04 13:20:01 (permalink)
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 
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/04 13:43:14 (permalink)
OK. Sorry you didn't care for it.
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/04 16:25:27 (permalink)
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!
 
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/06 02:21:47 (permalink)
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
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/06 06:25:41 (permalink)
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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. 
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 16:54:00 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman The Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

Just for the record, note that this is baked macaroni & cheese, not macaroni with cheese sauce...
 
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 17:04:12 (permalink)
Isn't macaroni  and cheese normally baked?
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 18:51:27 (permalink)
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. 
 
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 20:19:34 (permalink)
Baked or boiled it's all still good!
I prefer baked cause I like the Crust on top!
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 20:28:29 (permalink)
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
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 22:44:38 (permalink)
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
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 22:51:37 (permalink)
When we were growing up.mom never called it macaroni and cheese...it was always "baked macaroni"!!!
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/08 22:53:12 (permalink)
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.
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/09 14:03:33 (permalink)
Has amyone ever tried the $5.99 mac & cheese at the supermarket hot bar?
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 15:07:11 (permalink)
Think I'm going to try a blow torch on the top of mine.
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 15:40:46 (permalink)
I think that's an excellent idea.
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 15:49:38 (permalink)
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?
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 18:32:43 (permalink)
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!!!)
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 18:34:14 (permalink)
Oh...she might layer in more thin slices of velveta across the mac.....made it nice and creamy and cheesy!!
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 19:40:14 (permalink)
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
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 19:44:02 (permalink)
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.
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 19:58:46 (permalink)
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!
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Re:Macaroni and Cheese: Which style? 2011/01/10 20:49:28 (permalink)
Sounds great!!!!
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