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Old 11-17-2006, 10:14 AM   #1
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Exclamation Sick of plain mac and cheese

I am making boxed mac and cheese.... Does anyone have any ideas to what i could add to it to spice it up a bit?


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Old 11-17-2006, 10:16 AM   #2
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How abouat a couple of jalapeno peppers chopped up in the cheese sauce? or a couple chopped cloves of garlic?

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Old 11-17-2006, 10:19 AM   #3
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Mac n Cheese

I also like to add chopped jarred jalapenos but add crumbled bacon or chopped ham, onion, garlic and sometimes sliced black and green olives.
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:24 AM   #4
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Sub sour cream for some of the milk.
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:33 AM   #5
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I added bacon bits because the olny bacon I had was frozen, and I used some sour cream. It gave the mac and cheese and whole new texture and taste!!!
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:34 AM   #6
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How about homemade mac and cheese? It really isn't that hard. It can be as simple as grating some cheddar (or even Velveeta) or tearing slices of American cheese in some just al dente macaroni and add some butter and milk though half and half or cream works well too (salt and pepper of course). Stirring until melted and combined. Once it starts to cool it will thicken up. You just have to be sure to not add too much milk so go slowly on that at first. Another key is enough butter and salt.

There are more gourmet versions that in my book are just as easy - just takes a bit more prep work and some mise en place.

Possible other additions could be green chilies, diced canned tomatoes (drained).

If you want a more "gourmet" recipe just holler, I'll post one. There's lots of homemade recipes out there that call for baking. Even the recipe I have been using calls for baking but I don't - I like it thick with cheese and creamy. The baking makes it dryer, which I do not prefer. So, if you find a recipe out there like this one, which is a great one to start with taste it before you bake it - that's the way we like it and of course, I don't add the breadcrumbs.

We have made this recipe using many different cheeses through the years. We have found we do NOT like smoked cheeses as they overpower the dish. A blend of jack and cheddar is good - but we like that old-fashioned taste of all cheddar the best plain, not sharp

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Old 11-17-2006, 10:38 AM   #7
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I add 4oz cream cheese to a box of mac and cheese. It makes it creamier. I've also been known to add tomato soup, ground beef and onions. A favorite is ground beef and lemon pepper.
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:45 AM   #8
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A can of diced green chiles and some diced ham. Kitchenelf is right about homemade, though.
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:46 AM   #9
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For a main dish, add some diced ham.
Another really good addition to mac and cheese (to the sauce) that adds a flavor you can't quite "get" is mayonnaise.
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:59 AM   #10
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Sauted ground beef or Italian sausage with mushrooms, onion and garlic.

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