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22 January, 2013

Mac-N-Cheese Snobbery

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Alright y’all. I will be the first to admit it – I am a total Macaroni and Cheese Snob. I judge this famous Southern dish (sometimes found on menus in the “vegetable” section) very seriously and with a keen taste!

My own recipe is about as unhealthy as you can get in all it’s deliciousness. Loaded with cheeses, eggs, milk and dare I even say it – a stick of butter. It is a full on artery clogging delight. Needless to say, it is not something I make very often these days – I generally save it for special occasions, and then approach it with caution when fixing my dinner plate!

Anyway…I have tried all kinds of Mac N’ Cheese – from traditional to the untraditional. Some had all cheddar, some with all white cheeses. Some even made with cheese soup and containing mayonnaise (yes, MAYO). As many ways as there are to make it, there are many that just don’t hit the spot. A very few, in fact, have gotten a thumbs up from me.

I must throw another successful one in the mix. My friend Chef Chris graciously cooked dinner for my family last night and made this ROCKING version. He made it in a crock pot – first strike against it in my book! Don’t get me wrong – I am all about a crock pot, but MNC just doesn’t SOUND right cooking in one. How can elbow macaroni hold up cooking for hours??? I was expecting a mushy mac with a cheese sauce and boy, was I surprised.

I have to give props to the creator of the recipe, Trisha Yearwood. Chris had been watching the Food Network and saw her make it on her show. He told me about it and how delish it looked, but I was still skeptical. I can honestly say, I am a huge fan after trying it!

It was not only firm like a baked version, but it was the cheesiest MNC I have ever had (including my own y’all!)! It might have had something to do with the 5 cups of cheese (OH-EM-GEE). I thought it was seriously one of the best versions I have ever tasted, not to mention that you cook it in a crock pot (easy greasy cheesy peasy)!

I suppose you could change the recipe to make it healthier – using less butter, fat free cheese, etc. But if you are like me, MNC is to be savored and appreciated, in small amounts, especially if you are weight conscious. And not eaten twice a week! Save it for a treat and savor it.

You can find Trisha’s recipe on the link below. This Georgia gal has some great recipes, y’all! Check them out!

Trisha Yearwood’s Crock Pot Mac-N-Cheese


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