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Old 03-23-2005, 06:38 AM   #1
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Question Best Mac&Cheese Recipe?

Hi everyone,

Perhaps this has been discussed to culinary death on this forum, if so forgive me (please )...

Can anyone share a truly awesome recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese? Spare no expenses if need be, I have been on the lookout for a mac&cheese winner for years, with limited success!

Thank-you for any thoughts, happy cooking to all

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Old 03-23-2005, 06:46 AM   #2
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I've made very tasty mac & cheese recipes, but can't get any as creamy as I remember from Horn & Hardarts even though I've tried their copycat recipe. I look forward to people responding to this thread as well.
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Old 03-23-2005, 07:07 AM   #3
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Should get some great recipes for mac and cheese, can't wait. I like to make it someimes with velveeta cheese and hamburger and onions.
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Old 03-23-2005, 08:12 AM   #4
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Here are some from this site.

Best ever

Patti LaBelle's Mac & Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese? anyone

Mac-n-Cheese Extraordinaire

http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...ead.php?t=7322
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Old 03-23-2005, 11:36 AM   #5
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Hi ICadvisor, there have been discussions as Rainee has shown you. I think the difficulty in determining the BEST mac and cheese is that everyone's taste buds are different. My kids absolutely RAVE about my mac and cheese made with Velveeta (basic white sauce chunks of velveeta melted into it) but my husband and I are just so so about it. If I add a bunch of sharp cheddar to the mix then DH and I are happy but the kids are not. Soooo....what are YOU looking for? Sharp or creamy?
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Old 03-23-2005, 08:01 PM   #6
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This is my favorite all-time mac and cheese

Classic Mac & Cheese - Four Cheese
Serves 4 to 6

8 oz. elbow macaroni
2 c. milk (2% or whole milk, not non-fat)
3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. flour
1 c. (4 oz.) sharp Cheddar, shredded
3/4 c. (3 oz.) American cheese, shredded
3/4 c. (3 oz.) Gruyere or Swiss cheese, shredded
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper


~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~ Cook macaroni in boiling, salted water, until al
dente. Drain.
~ While macaroni is cooking, heat milk in a saucepan
over low heat. Stir occasionally, and do not let it
boil.
~ In a saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.
~ When butter is melted, stir in flour to make a roux.
Cook, whisking constantly, 3 minutes.
~ Add milk to roux in a stream, whisking.
~ Cook milk sauce, whisking, until slightly thickened. It won't thicken until it gets REAL close to boiling.
Do not let the sauce boil.
~ Add first three cheeses to sauce. Stir cheese into
sauce until thoroughly combined and melted.
~ Stir macaroni into sauce. Season with salt and pepper
to taste.

My son and I have tried many different cheeses in this - we've tried part smoked cheddar or gouda and we both agree that the smokiness overpowers it (but we're purists when it comes to mac and cheese) - Our favorite is gruyere and a mild cheddar.

Gruyere, Swiss, and Sharp Cheddar is also good. Whatever combination just use the final total amounts. This recipe originally called for being topped with some Parmesan and baked 30-40 minutes - but by baking it makes it MUCH dryer and we LOVE a creamy cheesy mac and cheese.
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Old 03-24-2005, 03:41 PM   #7
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Sounds like a winner, Elf! My old standby recipe for Mac n' Cheese was simple: 1 jar of Cheez Whiz, a little butter and a little milk to get the right creamy consistency. That is, until I read the label on the back of the jar. One of the flavorings is anchovy! Not using THAT stuff anymore! I'll have to get down and dirty and try your recipe, it looks awesome!
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Old 03-24-2005, 03:44 PM   #8
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It's good Damp - but NO baking for me - I want it cheesy and creamy - and really, all mild cheddar was our favorite - sounds boring - but it was WONDERFUL!!!!!
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Old 03-24-2005, 03:54 PM   #9
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No baking for me either, Elf. I like my macaroni swimming in an ocean of creamy cheese sauce!
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Old 04-17-2005, 07:14 PM   #10
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Slow cooker Mac and Cheese

1 box elbow noodles cooked and drained
2 eggs
1 can cheddar cheese soup
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 can evporated milk
1 cup milk
1 stick of butter melted

Mix all together and place into slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours
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