Sarah's Macaroni and Cheese
Sarah’s Macaroni and Cheese…..so good!!
Macaroni and Cheese has always been a favorite of mine….I mean what Southern table doesn’t have Mac and Cheese as a side? I don’t know many people that don’t love some version of this dish (Southern or not). Now I know Thanksgiving is all about the turkey and Christmas is all about the ham BUT I believe its all about the sides. Growing up I always looked forward to our holiday staples like cornbread dressing and asparagus casserole. I now do the cooking and the only request or “must have” I hear from my girls is Mom’s macaroni and cheese!!! Now when I say Mom’s mac and cheese I am in no way taking credit for creating this recipe, if fact I’m not even sure where it came from.
Which leads me to another thought….handwritten recipe cards that I treasure from my mother and grandmothers. You know the ones. They tell who’s kitchen the recipe came from. Should we make this a thing again? Just a thought. If you listened to the Say It Southern podcast with Katie Jabobs, you may remember me talking about the macaroni and cheese and I promised I would post to our blog. So I am attaching the recipe below just in time for the holidays. Trust me when I say it is good! The best part, it’s easy too. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.
Sarah’s Macaroni and Cheese
4 cups of macaroni
1lb sharp cheddar(not the pre-grated kind, gross & won’t be as good)
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup flour
21/2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons dry mustard(I usually add a little extra)
Salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 350
Cook noodles until slightly firm. Drain & set aside.
In large pot, melt butter & sprinkle in flour. Whisk together over med/low heat. Cook for a few minutes, whisking constantly. Don’t let it burn!!
Pour in milk, add mustard & whisk until smooth & cook until very thick. Will take about 5 minutes. Turn heat down to Low.
Beat egg in small bowl. Take 1/4 cup of the sauce and slowly pour it into the egg & stir to avoid cooking the egg. Pour the egg into the sauce.
Add cheese. Stir to melt. Add salt & pepper to taste. Taste, add more salt! Do NOT under salt.
Pour in noodles & mix. You can serve immediately but I like to pour into a baking dish and top with extra cheese. Bake until golden. 20-25 minutes.
Put on stretchy pants and head for the couch. Food coma happening in 5….4…..3…..2…..