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Monday, September 10, 2012

Comfort food for fall

Last night I made a batch of mac n cheese per my birthday boy's request. It feels like fall, and it tastes wonderful. My recipe is adapted from Sunny Anderson's recipe on the food network.
I did all the prep work at home and then finished it off at my son and daughter in law's home. Needless to say with all the festivities, and commotion of family, there is no photo of the finished dish, but trust me, it was heavenly.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow pasta, cooked until almost al dente
  • 8 ounces Tillamook sharp  Cheddar, 1/2 cubed, 1/2 shredded
  • 8 ounces swiss cheese, cubed
  • 8 ounces Monterey pepper jack cheese, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 11/2 cup half-and-half
  • 4 slices bread
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • Special equipment: 2-quart baking dish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, toss together the pasta with the cheese cubes and pour into the baking dish.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dry mustard, nutmeg. Add the yogurt, egg,milk and,half-and-half . Pour over the pasta and cover with the shredded Cheddar. Bake uncovered until the top is just beginning to brown, about 35 minutes.





Meanwhile, cut the bread into crouton-size squares. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter, add the bread cubes and toast until golden. Sprinkle the bread cubes on top of the macaroni and cheese and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes more.


Now I have to admit. I'm not one who likes things overly spicy. Having children for dinner meant spicy wasn't going to cut it either. Let me assure you this dish is full of flavor, but isn't spicy hot.

I've made this recipe numerous times, and it's always a big hit. I use whatever blend of cheeses I have on hand, so mix it up a bit to your taste.  On this night I used left over hoagie rolls from our tailgate party. Use whatever you have on hand.

Linking up with the above ladies for some fall fun  fall crawl


8 comments:

Patricia Hinkel said...

This looks delicious... & like the photos. I am following you. Would you follow back.
Patricia from Topiary Rose

Leovi said...

A great recipe.

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

I LOVE mac n' cheese!
Rosemary

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

I LOVE mac n' cheese!
Rosemary

Katie said...

This looks so yummy!

Ms. Becky said...

looking over this recipe I can tell - it's delicious. Tillamook cheese, how can it not be! I noticed that cheese in the co-op the other day and it brought back memories of visiting my sis. Happy week to you Mary Gene.

Life with Kaishon said...

You did a great job! YUM! It sounds like something my Mom would make! : ) Perfect for fall.

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

I'm totally drooling!!!!!!!!

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