Let's talk about my quest for the perfect homemade macaroni and cheese. I have scoured cookbooks and the internet for years to rival the macaroni cheesy perfection that is Stouffers Macaroni & Cheese. I love this stuff - but even though I'm resisting clicking on the nutritional information on that link, I know it's not good! So, I have a special folder in my Allrecipes online recipe file devoted to Mac & Cheese recipes. I have tried a lot of them, although some have been good - nothing was even coming close to the creamy perfection of the red box. Here is a sample of some that I've tried and what I've saved over the years:
Down Home Macaroni & Cheese - I rated this Kraft classic 4 1/2 stars. I said it was good, put not quite what I was looking for.
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese - Look at the picture of this one... creamy! I never did make, but I was put off by the whole 1 1/2 tablespoons of dijon mustard. (I know I could reduce it - but I never got around to making it! LOL)
Creamy Mushroom Macaroni - I'm a sucker for the word creamy. I gave it 3 stars noting that even though I like the melting qualities of Velvetta it was waaaaaaaayyyyyy to much in this recipe.
Mouse's Macaroni & Cheese - I gave it a 4-star rating saying it wasn't quite as, it's that word again, creamy as I hoped but if you loved cheesey it could be the recipe for you!
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese - I remember making this, thinking maybe the crockpot is the answer! Uh- no. It was dryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
Chuck's Mac and Cheese - This has been in my recipe box since 1/27/07. I never made it, but my Mrs. S. made it recently and said her family loved it. (Hey, Mrs. S. - I'm call ya out, at least give us a pic of Band Hero or something! LOL)
Cafeteria Macaroni & Cheese - I've had this in my recipe box since July of 2005! I think (I think) I made it and was like, uh.... heavy, not creamy.
So, as I noted I received PW's Cookbook for Christmas and was immediately enamored with the Macaroni and Cheese recipe that included BOTH a roux and an egg. I'd never tried that - or even seen a recipe with both. I followed her recipe exactly - except I used the cheeses lurking in my fridge ('cuz it was clean the pantry week) which included medium cheddar, mozzarella, and a hunk of velvetta (don't be hatin' - it does melt divinely!) Now listen closely - that one egg DOES SOMETHING! It doesn't make it all dry and custardy - it was smooth and creamy without being all heavy and too cheesy..... it was macaroni and cheese perfection. I did cook my macaroni al dente and then just spread the layer of cheddar on top and watched closely under my broiler for about 5-7 minutes to get a few golden brown cheese bits on top. I think baking it might be what ruins most recipes for me - it because well, too dry & heavy! LOL
So, let me bottom line it for you. THE BEST MACARONI AND CHEESE EVER! (Maybe even better than the red box! GASP!) Please try it - let me know what YOU think
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