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Baked Mac & Cheese

31 Oct

I’ve learned a few things living in the south:
1. Baked Mac & Cheese is a southern staple
2. Sweet Tea is the drink of choice
3. Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken
4. What’s diet?
5. Using a crockpot
6. “Mam, Miss, god bless”
7. Totally acceptable to put a dog in the back of a truck unleashed
8. Shorts/flip flops/tank tops all year round

I’m too new yoooooooaaaker for this! haha

Baked Mac and Cheese was something i wanted to learn to make, super fattening but i agree that once in a blue moon acceptable to indulge upon if you’re feelin a little fun. A southern staple, here is my go to recipe:

Elbow Macaroni
1 Egg, beaten
1/2 stick of butter
1/4 cup of flour
2 1/2 cups of milk
2 tsp of dry mustard
1 lb of cheddar cheese
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Add some salt to the boiling water but undercook the pasta!!!!! preheat the oven to 350 degrees and whisk the 1 egg and set it aside. Meanwhile, start a roux – a basis for a sauce… by melting 1/2 a stick of butter in a pan and 4 tbsp of flour on medium low heat. Whisk the mixture until its combined and continue to whisk it until it starts bubbling (about 5 minutes). Just be careful not to burn this roux or you’ll have to start all over, so its important to stay on low heat. Then pour the 2 1/2 cups of milk in, and add the 2 teaspoons of dry mustard in. Whisk the mixture and let it cook for 5-6 minutes until it gets thick and creamy. Once it does, reduce the heat to low. Take out 1/4 of the creamy sauce and put it into the beaten egg mixture slowly and whisking at the same time. This keeps the eggs from scrambling when you add them to the sauce right away. Once the egg mixture is whisked and not scrambled, add it to the cream mixture in the pan and whisk until combined. Finally, add 1/2 the cheddar cheese into the pan and stir until all combined and creamy. Add salt and pepper, be generous on the pepper but use some good judgement on the salt, dont over do it! Now, at this point transfer the undercooked drained pasta to an oven safe dish to bake in. Cover and mix the pasta with the creamy sauce, and top the pasta with the rest of the cheddar cheese. Put it into the oven and let it bake for 20 minutes. The result will be a larger waist, a happy family, and a happy tummy.