A Holiday Favorite

maccheese

What’s a holiday feast without macaroni and cheese? I mean, c’mon… Who doesn’t like mac & cheese, right??? It is almost always mentioned by any child that I have come into contact with as being their favorite food. And I don’t know about you but I happen to love this dish as well. You are sure to be in heaven once you taste this delightful creation. Be sure to save some for your guests! 🙂

Oven-Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 lb shredded sharp Cheddar Cheese ***
  • 1/3 lb shredded Colby Jack ***
  • 1/2 lb Velveeta, cubed ***
  • 1/3 lb shredded mild Cheddar Cheese (for topping) ***
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 eggs, beaten

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add 6 cups of water to  a large pot and bring to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water; for flavoring of the macaroni. Add macaroni noodles to boiling water and cook until soft; about 15-20 minutes. Drain in strainer and run cold water over noodles for a few minutes to bring the temperature down.

Generously grease casserole/baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Combine evaporated milk, eggs and sour cream in a mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly. Add cooked macaroni to casserole/baking dish. Stir in evaporated milk, egg and sour cream mixture. Mix thoroughly. Add butter, white and black pepper, Velveeta cubes, sharp and Colby jack cheese. Mix well while adding whole milk. Pack down mixture into casserole dish and top with mild cheddar cheese. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and light brown.

*** If you like your mac & cheese very cheesy you can always add more cheese. Also, you can change the cheese listed here to fit your family’s liking. I have a habit of adding things like: Gouda, Mozzarella and bacon or finely chopped walnuts and breadcrumbs, as well as many other ingredients, to my mac & cheese to give it a different taste or a new “look”; so feel free to make this your own. Cooking can be fun when you let yourself go and try out different things that you may like.

As always Happy Cooking!

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