If you are sick of Thanksgiving leftovers and want something different, why not make your own Mac and Cheese? This is my very first attempt and mine turned out a little grainy because I added the cheese too fast. But this is where you benefit from my failure, because that will not happen to you!! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and put a pan of water on to boil the pasta.
Lets gather up some ingredients!
Elbow macaroni. Get this into some boiling water while we continue gathering our food.
Milk (this needs to be heated before added to the dish, this is another thing I messed up!)
mm mmm butter
Cheese of your choice, I have cheddar and monterey jack!
I grated the shallot as I didn't want crunch in my mac n cheese. This is a great way to hide onion flavor in food for picky people who do not like the texture of crunchy onions.
Here are the secret flavor boosters reporting for duty!
Your other optional ingredient, the vino!
Finally some breadcrumbs. Now lets get cooking!
Melt the butter in a sauce pan then remove it from the heat.
Stir in the flour and make sure all the clumps are out. Return it to the heat and cook for one minute, keep stirring!!
Get your heated milk and stir it in, keep stirring it for about 3 minutes. Stir in your cayenne, mustard and wine if using. Crack in some black pepper if you want also.
Add the cheese, but add it slowly, and keep on stirring. Cook for about a minute and remove it from the heat.
Yummy delicious cheesy goodness.
Drain your macaroni.
Combine it with the cheese sauce and get it all mixed together.
Pour it into a casserole just big enough to contain it and sprinkle with cheese and breadcrumbs. Pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the top is as brown as you'd like.
Mine could have been more done, but I just couldn't wait any longer!
It was ooey and gooey and wonderful. Yes the sauce was a bit grainy, but I still loved it. I hope you give it a try and learn from my mistakes. Also, if you have any other tips on making perfect the perfect creamy sauce for home made Mac n' Cheese, I'd love to have them. I appreciate all the feedback I got on how to peel the butternut squash, you guys are the best!