Mr. Giraffe and I hosted a family gathering at our place a few weeks ago. You may have seen the dirty dishes :) My main contribution was homemade macaroni and cheese. This is my grandmother's recipe, so I may be biased, but I think it's delicious. Rich, cheesy, and creamy. In other words, not a health food, but scrumptious!
It was gobbled up and raved about, so I thought I'd share the recipe here.
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
• 2 1/2 cups pasta
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1/4 cup flour
• 1 teaspoon dry mustard
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 1 - 2 teaspoons pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 - 1 1/2 cups grated American cheese
• 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
• 1/2 cup half and half (feel free to use milk)
• 2 cups milk
Preheat oven to 375º. Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions. Put cooked pasta in a 9x13 baking dish. Over medium heat, melt butter and add flour to make a roux. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add spices and salt, and slowly pour in milk and half and half. Let thicken. Add all but 1/2 cup of cheese and let melt. Pour cheese sauce over the cooked pasta in the 9x13 dish. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake an additional 15 minutes. Dish out and enjoy!
Any other mac and cheese lovers out there?