Faux-made Mak and Cheez

Oops! I did it again!

I made With the help of  “Captain my Captain”  we made some off the hook smoked Boston Butt Pork. I added homemade coleslaw and Corn Casserole ala Pudding. Knowing Blossom would not like the coleslaw and proclaimed the Corn Casserole “weird tasting” I decided another side dish was in order. Wandering and wondering in the grocery store I glanced upon a container of “Macaroni and Cheese”. You know the stuff. All made up and you simply nuke it in the microwave or warm it in a saucepan on the stove? I thought OK. We can have one cheater, but THAT IT! So I grabbed a tub of Bob Evans Macaroni and Cheese for two.

After consideration and reviewing the actual contents of said tub, I decided to make some alterations. I wanted it to be a little closer to homemade instead of cooked elbow macaroni with watered down cheese whiz poured over the top.

I dumped the contents into a small casserole dish, added a 1/2 cup of bread crumbs and a cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. In hindsight, a dash of Colemans Mustard (dry mustard) and another dash of cayenne pepper would have been a nice addition. After stirring this together, I topped with another handful (1/4 cup) of shredded cheddar and baked it in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Wow! What a difference a few ingredients make to the texture and appearance and it was really good! Warrior Girl (Granddaughter #2)  had seconds and Blossom declared it edible as well. (and she says Princess [Granddaughter #1] is a picky eater!)

So, if you want but don’t have time to make homemade Mac & Cheese try “Faux-Made Mak and Cheez”. Heck make it to share at a “bring your own dish affair” , and if you say it fast enough no one will know.

Here it is recipe style:

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Faux-Made Mak and Cheez

Ingredients:

  • 1 package 2 serving Macaroni and Cheese (Bob Evans or Country Crock or whatever)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used Italian Seasoned but think Panko would be the bomb! [I was out]  )
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • dash of dry mustard
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Pour into a greased 4 cup Casserole and top with 1/4 cup of Cheddar. Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

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Posted on January 1, 2012, in Side Dish and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This is a sure-fire hit, because it so closely mimics the awesome techniques we all love about homemade mac-n-cheese. Sometimes we all take shortcuts, but being able to gloss that pre-fab stuff up into something special gives it a great touch. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything that oozes cheese.

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