So I have kind of a love-hate relationship with Mac n’ Cheese. I didn’t grow up on it, in fact, the first time I ever had it was in college and it was not my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I had made it before (many times when I was babysitting)…boil the noodles, add milk, butter and orange powder – stir and done! It just looked and smelled so gnarly, but the kids always woofed it down like it was the tastiest thing ever. Then one day in college, while telling my friend that I never had it, she decided to make it for dinner. It was still from a box, but this box was fancy…yellow, not blue and the mix was already creamy, not in powder form. All right, I’ll try it. Ummm, what’s the word I’m looking for…..how about anti-awesome! The noodles were über mushy and over cooked and there wasn’t much if any flavor at all. Yet, once again, everyone woofed it down, and I was left wondering what the heck was I missing?
I think I get it now. It’s called, nostalgia. I have no idea if half of the foods that I LOVE so much from my youth are in fact ridiculously delicious, or if it’s the fact that they bring back memories and a sense of comfort, reminding me of my youth. I have to believe that’s true, because my husband will tell me all day long that the “Beefie” dish that I hold near and dear to my heart, “tastes nasty.” Ummm, wha?!!!! Is he nuts?! It’s delicious and every bite makes me smile! How could he not like it?!! Anyhoo…
So back to Mac n’ Cheese – I was determined to find one that I did like! Boy did I ever – lobster mac n’ cheese, BACON mac n’ cheese, baked 5 cheese mac n’ cheese with a delicious cheesy crust…. Alas purists will say, “none of those are mac n’ cheese”, and no way in heck would I get most kids to try it. So I decided to create my own! It had to be cheesy, NO mushy, overcooked noodles, had to have flavor (but not overwhelming so the little ones might be tricked into liking it too) and it couldn’t be ORANGE I think this one is a winner!
I hope you’ll give this one a try…I’d love to know what Mac n’ Cheese lovers think!! Enjoy! Xoxo!
Let’s get those ingredients ready! You’ll need: Shredded sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded gruyere cheese, 2% and skim milk, nutmeg, Dijon mustard, onion powder, pepper, panko bread crumbs, butter, salt, flour and elbow shaped noodles.
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