Do you have that one recipe that every time you are invited to a large gathering you are told not to bother coming unless you bring “That Dish?” This is mine. It’s not so much that other people insist that I bring it, it’s that Coach insists that I bring it. Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, 4th of July, church potlucks… If I am responsible for bringing a dish, it better be Homestyle Mac-N-Cheese. And if it’s not, I know I will hear about it on the car ride over.
But I love this recipe too, so I really don’t mind obliging Coach. This recipe will feed our family of five with a few leftovers, but the ingredients can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.
This crusty and cheesy medley calls for:
Macaroni | Butter | Egg | Salt | Cheddar cheese | Milk | Water
Step 1 ~ 15 minutes
In a large pot, bring about 6 – 8 c water to boil.
Add 2 c dry macaroni, stir, and return to a low boil.
Boil for about 10 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Or follow package instructions. Once cooked, drain the water and leave the macaroni in the pot.
Step 2 ~ 5 minutes
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°. Rub the end of a stick of butter all around a medium casserole dish (or a large dish if doubling or tripling). Set aside.
Heat 1 Tbsp water in a measuring cup until it is very hot. Stir in 1 tsp salt,
stirring until it is almost completely dissolved.
Add 1 c milk to the salt water mixture and stir to combine.
In a small bowl, lightly beat one egg.
Step 3 ~ 5 minutes
Once you have drained the macaroni, stir in the beaten egg and 1 Tbsp butter.
Add 2 c shredded cheddar cheese,
and stir until the butter and cheese are melted and thoroughly mixed.
Pour the macaroni into the prepared casserole dish.
Top with 1 c shredded cheddar cheese.
Pour the salty milk mixture over the top.
Step 4 ~ 45 minutes
Place the dish uncovered in the oven, baking at 350° for 45 minutes. When the dish is done, the cheese on top should be crusty and lightly browned, and the middle of the macaroni should be set and firm.
Allow the macaroni to cool slightly before cutting and serving. If you are taking this dish along to a party, I strongly encourage you to precut the servings. Otherwise there may not be any left by the time you get to the front of the line.
What is your go-to party pleaser? Share your favorite recipes in the comments below!