Friday, April 18, 2014

Mac 'n Cheese.....sounds good!

Caroline’s Macaroni Pie
Kosher salt
1 lb. vermicelli or thin spaghetti
4 large eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp. dry mustard
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
5 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. butter, at room temperature
Freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. If baking the same day, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Cook the pasta for 1 minute less than the package instructions state. Drain the pasta and reserve in a little of the cooking water to cool briefly.
Beat together eggs, milk, mustard, and cayenne in a large bowl. Add the pasta and 4 cups of the cheese. Mix well.
Butter a 12-inch skillet with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Pour in the pasta. Top with the remaining cup of cheese, dot with the remaining tablespoon of butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. At this point you can cover the pie with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Uncover and let the pie come up to room temperature as the oven heats.
Bake 45 minutes, checking at 35 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions: Heirloom Recipes from Our Family Kitchen by Carrie Morey, copyright 2013. Published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

I had to publish this because YOU know ME and mac 'n cheese!  And it sounded easy and good!
Let me know if you make it!


Fredd said...

This looks promising. I have a 12 year old daughter who is entering that phase of her life where she doesn't like anything except pizza and chicken nuggets.

Wish me luck, and since I do not have thin spaghetti I plan on using angel hair pasta, and will cut the recipe in half.

PS: the daughter also likes mac and cheese, and will order it even at a 5 star restaurant. I thought this one might be something she likes, we'll see.

Z said...

Hi, Fredd....let me know!
I hope she likes it! xx

Fredd said...

My angel hair pasta substitution bombed, Z. My daughter thought that the noodles stuck too much together.

Oh well, ....