Most of you know I don't believe in adding anything to great mac 'n cheese. To me, the noodles and cheese are enough if they're delicious. THAT is 'real' macaroni and cheese. I'm not a 'designer pizza' person, either...keep smoked duck off my pizza or call it something other than pizza :-)
BUT.......today, I saw Paula Dean make mac 'n cheese with thinly sliced tomatoes on the top and I thought that looked pretty good and that the sweetness and moisture of the peeled tomatoes, baked on top, so they're even sweeter, could be a nice addition.........kind of a 'break' from the gorgeous richness of mac 'n cheese.......
The other night, I ordered macaroni and cheese for an APPETIZER at a terrific restaurant nearby which serves mostly less 'traditional' dishes than macaroni and cheese and they make that dish rather 'untraditionally'....My friend had a glass of wine, I had a gimlet, and I don't drink a cocktail without food, so I figured "Why not order a side of macaroni and cheese to share with our drinks?" Even the waiter laughed and kind of liked the idea. WE sure did! Their macaroni and cheese is wonderful; I think there's some Fontina and white Cheddar in the sauce and plenty of rosemary and buttered Panko crumbs on top......fabulous. So, I do like different cheeses, it doesn't have to be cheddar, and the rosemary was a very nice touch......but I don't go too far from my norm!
Do you make macaroni and cheese, and do you put ham in it, or tomatoes on top, or?..............Do you have a family tradition or a new recipe which includes something else? Anything unusual or different about your macaroni and cheese?
Let us know......thanks!