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Old 12-12-2013, 02:50 PM   #41
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Sorry I made the mayo comment.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:21 PM   #42
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Eggs are an essential part of southern macaroni and cheese, it's a custard style here. I make mine saucy with a bechamel base, no eggs, but I was not born and raised here!
Please, do pray tell, what do the eggs do for a cheese sauce? I have never hear of that addition. My mother would sometimes add sliced hard boiled eggs to a béchamel sauce and pour it over toast for me. But that is the closest I have ever heard.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:24 PM   #43
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Please, do pray tell, what do the eggs do for a cheese sauce? I have never hear of that addition. My mother would sometimes add sliced hard boiled eggs to a béchamel sauce and pour it over toast for me. But that is the closest I have ever heard.
They turn cheese sauce into cheese custard. Cant say I'm a fan.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:28 PM   #44
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How do you guys make your bechamel sauce? I've seen various ratios. Generally I use 2 TBSP each flour and butter to each cup of milk.

To cheese it up I'll add between 1/2 cup to 1 cup cheese depending on the strength of flavor.
I have made it so often over the years that I no longer measure. A large glop of butter and a heaping of flour. Mix, allow to cook for a minute or two to rid the raw flour taste, salt, pepper and pour in the milk a little at a time until all the roux is smoothly absorbed. Then continue to add the milk until I have the consistency I am looking for. For mac and cheese, I want it loose as the cheese will thicken it up. For other uses, the thickness depends.
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I have only met one mac & cheese that I liked. A TV chef had been told to bring mac & cheese to a PTA potluck, so she invented her own recipe. It had whole wheat pasta and three cheeses, of which one was blue cheese. There was no bechamel, no soup, no eggs, no flour. I think there were sun dried tomatoes and cream and/or milk. There may have been garlic or other seasoning. It was really good.

I lost the recipe and tried to make it from memory, but it wasn't very nice.

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Old 12-12-2013, 03:42 PM   #46
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They turn cheese sauce into cheese custard. Cant say I'm a fan.
Sounds more like a quiche to me.
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Old 12-12-2013, 04:39 PM   #47
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Well this thread sure is loaded with opinions and passion LOL

Mac and cheese is an individual preference kind of thing.

Mac and cheese is not a healthy dish but it won't kill you so long as it is not the only thing you eat.

Who cares if Paula D. loads everything with butter and sugar and lard .. if you like that stuff then eat it. If you don't then walk away.

Last time I checked we still have the freedom to choose to eat what we want (although that right is in jeopardy if some have their way).

We all have tweeks we do to a recipe .. some like it with eggs and some don't.

Some like it smooth and some don't.

Some like it with a tang and some don't.

Some "southern" food is different than other "southern food".

I love the original post ... simply someone sharing a link to a dish that was made and enjoyed.

Sometimes we forget that others do not necessarily agree with our tastes and preferences. Then we get into what is almost an argument of what is right and what is wrong as well as a bashing of someone else's tastes.

Just thought I would point out what I saw when I read this entire thread a few minutes ago for the first time.
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You are "allowed" to do whatever you want.

Thank you.
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Thank you.
Don't thank *me*! I'm just stating the facts, ma'am.
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... Just thought I would point out what I saw when I read this entire thread a few minutes ago for the first time.
I don't think this place would be nearly as interesting if we all just applauded every post
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