Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Southern Style Mac and Cheese

I have a lot of leftover Ham... and what goes better with ham than mac and cheese? This recipe is based on one from Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House in Savannah, GA. I have played with it over the years. I like to add some different cheeses to it, such as Brie and Goat Cheese, but this time it was pure cheddar. I only did a half recipe of this since I was feeding two (with leftovers for two more meals.)  I think that the main difference in this mac and cheese is the addition of eggs.


Southern Style Mac and Cheese

Ingredients: 

1 3/4 cups elbow pasta (or any noodle shape you prefer)
Salt
2 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese (cubed)
2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon all- purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2/3 cup sour cream
2 eggs that are lightly beaten
1/3 cup grated onion
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 1/2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese)

Method: 

1: Boil the pasta in salted water until tender. Remove and drain. Place the drained pasta into the baking dish of your choice. This recipe will fill a 9x13x2 baking pan. Mix in the cubed cheddar (Brie is even better here) cheese.

2: Preheat the oven to 350 F

 3: Take the flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, and spices in a large mixing bowl. Stir them together so that everything is evenly mixed together.

4: Add the sour cream, and eggs. With a whisk mix all ingredients together until mixture is evenly incorporated.

5: Whisk in the onion, half and half, heavy cream, and Worcestershire until it is thoroughly blended together.

6: Pour this mixture over the pasta and cheese and then stir everything together. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese on top and then place into the oven.

7: Put in the oven for 30-35 minutes and then let cool for 10 minutes, this will make serving easier as it will firm up a little. 

5 comments:

Hattie said...

That looks too good. Must--look--away....

Caren Gittleman said...

I agree with Hattie....I don't even want to BEGIN to look up what the Weight Watcher's points are for this but OMG does it ever look FANTASTIC!! Will save this for a group event! :)

Sandy said...

Ohhh I am going to try this.

Clarice Warren said...

Just saw this! Love Mrs. Wilkes' boarding house--worth the long lines:) This is the "Lowcountry's" Macaroni Pie, that is served almost every day in this area--trumphed only by butterbeans and rice. I like it better than the white sauce based versions; this has a silky, custard and is divine!!

Devany said...

Thanks Clarence, I am glad you stopped by. I have been adding a layer of toasted panko crumbs to this recipe and it adds a nice crunch. I agree on the butter beans, I miss them. We don't have a source for them in Hawaii. I think that I will have to grow some!