Macaroni Cheese Luxury Style – Just for Angie!
So we are in to week two of the two week
orgy, sorry party, of Angie’s who writes the Novice Gardener blog and is having her Anniversary Party for the Fiesta Friday blog hop.
If you missed week one which consisted of starters and cocktails, you can see it here: First Fiesta Friday Anniversary Party Part 1
So, we are on to Part 2 which you can also find here: First Fiesta Friday Anniversary Party Part 2
If you want to see The Best of Fiesta Friday Anniversary, click here: The Best of Fiesta Friday Anniversary – go on you know you want to, I just recovered from a bang on the head, because I am in it!!! Very excited, here is a visual snippet, go on you know you want to take a peek at the link now, who could resist with all those cocktails right? And it isn’t just cocktails…mmmm dribbles….
Wow, I feel like an old timer. I said all the soppy stuff last week, this week I shall shamefully plug the blog hop and say if you didn’t join it already then join it now, go on, you don’t have to be a supercook, just someone who enjoys cooking, knock up one of your favourites and share it with us. Meet some other friendly bloggers and have fun!
What am I bringing to the Party Part 2
Well I lost the photos for the angelic pudding I had made, can you believe that? I simply cannot post a post on food without the photos, spent an hour trying to find them, so I am going on to the main course…..
The word macaroni cheese in our house has become a bit of a contentious word for me and always gives me a tinge of dread. My children absolutely adore macaroni cheese and would eat it every night. However they love Aunty Pauline’s macaroni cheese the best, and yup I hate to admit, I am jealous of how Aunty Pauline cooks her macaroni cheese.
I have been trying to find out how to cook the darned thing for years now, but well, either I am not being told it right or I am not doing it right. You see they love the pie kind of texture, rather than the traditional UK runny style. The macaroni that Pauline cooks is Bajan style, ie from Barbados, and there it is very much something one can slice up.
However, I will not be defeated and try as I must to make a macaroni cheese before my end of days (don’t worry I am not planning on going any time soon), to make a macaroni pie at least ‘just as good’ as Aunty Paulines.
You will see a while back that I attempted a Jamaican Macaroni, it was nearly there in comparison, tasted amazing to me, but the kids didn’t quite give it the ‘yes it is as good as Aunty Pauline’s’ golden star – here is the link for still a very good macaroni, very different again – Jamaican Macaroni Cheese
So I teamed up with this macaroni some meatballs and cooked them in exactly the same way with the same wine as I did with my braised chicken in red wine, liked a coq au vin, it worked supremely well with some green beans, here is the recipe for the chicken which you can edit for the meatballs:-Braised chicken in red wine
Visual evidence of making this meal with my trusty chef my eldest who likes to grate!
Luxury Macaroni Cheese
Serves 4 – Very easy to make
- 250 grams macaroni
- 250 grams mature cheddar (or red leicester or mix of both)
- 250 ml evaporated milk
- 2 large eggs
- grating of fresh nutmeg
- salt (to taste)
- pepper (to taste)
- Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 7/425°F. Cook the macaroni according to the packet instructions, drain and then put back into the hot pan.
- While the pasta is cooking, put the cheese, evaporated milk, eggs and nutmeg in a processor and blitz to mix. Or grate the cheese and mix everything by hand.
- Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni, stir well, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Tip into a 25.5 cm/10 inch-diameter dish (wide and shallow is best) and bake in the very hot oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until it is bubbling and blistering on top.
- I like to add sometimes a dash of sweet chilli sauce, so do my kids if you are feeling adventurous.
Now, what was the verdict?
My children said “very near this time mummy.” The consistency was right, it was just like a pie to be cut up, the taste however, lovely actually I thought superb, but not quite the same as Aunty Paulines. Argh….one day!!!!
I hope you are having a wonderful time partying….Justine xxx
© Justine Nagaur