Thursday, January 9, 2014

Baked Macaroni and Cheese



We had a great few weeks of holiday around here.  Both Wor and I had lots of time off work and we enjoyed being lazy, spending time with family and friends and most of all enjoying time as a little family.  We even snuck a zoo trip into the mix!  Lily got very accustomed to having our full attention whenever she wanted it and she is having quite a hard time adjusting back into normal life.  Lily isn't the only one having a hard time getting back to the grindstone– but I finally am emerging from the holiday fog and have returned to the kitchen to cook some real meals.
This macaroni and cheese recipe is my very favorite.  I absolutely love the warm, gooey comfort that homemade mac' and cheese brings on a cold winter day.  Alton Brown hits a home run with this recipe, as usual.  This time around I decided to change things up a bit–why mess with perfection?  Because my sister told me to and I actually listened and really it turned out fantastic.  The cheesy sauce was creamy perfection and I kept sneaking spoonfuls before it even went into the oven!

If your New Years resolution is to eat healthier– eat this tonight and start that goal tomorrow.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper
  • Topping
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup bread crumbs, panko preferred
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

3. while the pasta cooks, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Add the onion to the butter and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the flour and mustard and stir continuously for about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk. Add the bay leaf and paprika. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently and remove the bay leaf.

4. Stir the cream cheese into the mixture and whisk until combined. Temper the egg into the milk mixture. Stir in the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Gently stir the macaroni into the cheese mixture. Pour into a greased baking pan.

5. To make the topping- Melt the butter and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the crumbs.

6. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 Servings

Source: Alton Brown

1 comment:

  1. This looks amazing! I'm craving it already!

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