Saturday, December 26, 2009

Weekend Cooking: Ultimate Mac & Cheese

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads.

We had our big meal on Christmas Eve, so for last night's dinner, I made Mac & Cheese to go with leftover ham.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to Mac & Cheese: creamy and eggy. If you fall into the "eggy" camp (like me), which I think is more of a Southern thing, Paula Deen's recipe (from her original cookbook, The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook), is the BEST.

The two keys are: 1) mixing the cheese with the cooked macaroni while it's still hot and 2) sour cream (it IS Paula Deen, after all!).

4 cups cooked elbow macaroni (2 cups uncooked)
2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk

After macaroni has been cooked and drained, add cheese while pasta is still hot. Combine remaining ingredients and add to macaroni mixture. Pour into greased casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. Top with additional cheese, if desired.

P.S. For Christmas Day breakfast, I deviated from my traditional Bundt-pan Monkey Bread and tried The Pioneer Woman's Monkey Bread Muffins. They were simple, beautiful, easy to eat, and delicious! I accidentally bought evaporated milk instead of sweetened, condensed milk for the topping, but I made a quick substitute glaze by boiling water and sugar and brushed it over the tops. YUM!


bermudaonion said...

Oh my gosh, I think I gained weight just looking at that! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Molly said...

OH MY --- this recipe sounds absolutely decadent --- and one that I simply must try on one of these cold, snowy evenings.

Margot said...

My husband loves macaroni and cheese but I've never made the eggy version. This looks like a winner. I'm going to try it this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I've never tried the eggy variety of mac and cheese. (My thighs are already rubbing together)..LOL

Looks so yummy.

Sherrie said...

This looks sooooo good! I love home made mac & cheese. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Sherrie's Stuff

She's Cookin' said...

Even tho I have lived in SoCal for 28 years, my cooking often leans to the South because I was raised in NW Arkansas. Our Christmas breakfast is Biscuits and Sausage Gravy after all! So I'll have to try this eggy Mac & Cheese. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Beth F said...

Wow! So rich and yummy sounding! Thanks for sharing this.

caite said...

I have never tried this sort of mac and cheese either, (use the northern add cheese to white sauce variety) but then I ahve never found a mac and cheese that I don't like.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

It sounds (and looks) really good!
I also want to tell you that I made the Hot Chicken Salad (Paula Dean's) for an annual 3 family party yesterday. Rave reviews all around. Thanks so much for the recipe!

Marie Cloutier said...

OMG, mac and cheese is my favorite! :-) Looks wonderful!

Melanie said...

I am from the south and I am a lover of Paula Deen. Everything is better with a stick of butter:) My husband is from the school of eggy. I put garlic salt & a little red pepper in mine. I like it both ways.

Serena said...

I like both creamy and eggy! It depends on my mood and I am not southern! LOL

Great recipe and looks yummy!

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