Basic Mac & Cheese
Makes 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
¼ cup butter
2/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
31/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 (16-ounce) package pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed*
2 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese
1 (16-ounce) package elbow pasta, cooked according to package directions and kept warm
ONE In a large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender. Add flour; cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in milk and next 4 ingredients; cook, stirring often, until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; add cubed cheese and shredded cheese, and cook until cheeses have melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in cooked pasta.
*We used Kraft Velveeta cheese.
Mexi-Mac Egg Rolls
Makes 10 to 12 servings
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes
1 recipe Basic Mac & Cheese (recipe on page 30)
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 (16-ounce) packages egg roll wrappers
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 (16-ounce) jar salsa
ONE In a large bowl, stir together Mac & Cheese, and next 3 ingredients until combined. Let cool to room temperature or cover and chill overnight.
TWO Spoon about 1/3 cup macaroni mixture in center of one egg roll wrapper. Fold top corner of wrapper over filling, tucking tip of corner under filling. Fold left and right corners over filling. Lightly brush remaining corner with water; tightly roll filled end toward remaining corner, and press gently to seal. Repeat procedure with remaining wrappers and filling.
THREE In a large Dutch oven, pour oil to a depth of 4 inches, and heat to 350° over medium heat.
FOUR Fry egg rolls, in batches, for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately with salsa.
Amazing Mac & Cheese Burgers
Makes 6 servings
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
1/2 recipe Basic Mac & Cheese (recipe on page 30)
1/3 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 pounds ground chuck
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
6 hamburger buns, halved and toasted
6 leaves fresh green leaf lettuce
2 tomatoes, sliced
ONE Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, stir together Mac &
Cheese and next 3 ingredients until combined. Spread into a 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes. Using a 41/2-inch round cutter, cut 6 circles out of macaroni.
TWO Preheat grill pan over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, combine ground chuck and next 3 ingredients. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions; shape each portion into a 5-inch patty. Grill for
5 to 7 minutes per side or until desired degree of doneness.
THREE On bottom halves of buns, place lettuce leaves. Top with burger patties, macaroni rounds, tomato slices, and top halves of buns. Serve immediately.