I’m not an overly huge fan of Macaroni and Cheese. I grew up eating the Kraft-Powdered-Cheese-Add-Milk-Add Butter stuff. Not the worst thing in the world to eat..but close to it ;P
My mothers version was umm.. interesting.. a concoction of processed cheese and heavy cream….and well, tbh, “Velveeta Processed Cheese” isn’t high on my list either. Mom’s version is okay, and it is cheesy tasting. Just not what I always thought Mac and Cheese should be.
Yes, I admit it. I never liked Mac and Cheese. I’ve been told I’m just not a good American — what born and bred American doesn’t like Mac and Cheese?!?!!?!
I was at a friends house not long ago, and this is the recipe he made for his kids. I was highly amused, as it is a Paula Deen recipe from her restaurant ‘The Lady and Sons’. Apparently, her show on Food Network is one of his favorite shows. He grabbed the recipe from the web site, and has been making it ever since. I can understand his liking of Paula Deen — She is fun to watch, makes fun recipes, and always seems to make me hungry.
I’m not sure what it is that makes this actually so good. Butter, eggs and sour cream, probably. And the touch Paula Deen’s recipes always seem to have - that bit of homeyness which makes her recipes down to earth, and classy.
At least now I can now join the leagues and masses, and consider myself a Mac and Cheese aficionado. ;)
The Lady’s Cheesy Mac
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Once you have the macaroni cooked and drained, place in a large bowl and while still hot and add the cheddar. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and add to the macaroni mixture. Pour macaroni mixture into a casserole dish and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Top with additional cheese if desired.
Mix some Panko (or crushed Saltines or crushed Crispbreads) with melted butter, 1/2 cup grated cheddar and 1/4 teaspoon Paprika and sprinkle over the top before baking.