For the last few weeks, my weekends have been full of plans. This party Friday night, that show on Saturday night, another get-together next Friday night, you get the idea. I’ve been loving it, but this past Friday, a friend and I found ourselves in my parents’ kitchen, without any plans, pondering what to make for dinner on a chilly Fall night. All of our parents were shocked!
|We decided to top it with breadcrumbs and bake it in the oven!|
..and then strained them and added a few tablespoons of butter to the pot they were cooking in.
We stirred the noodles around in the butter to get them coated…
…and then we poured in some milk.
Then came the cheese! We started melting the American cheese so that everything would get good and gooey.
Next we added the Sharp Cheddar cheese to make the cheese flavor deeper and fuller.
Then came the Colby Jack for the super sharp and tangy tones. I wanted this Macaroni and Cheese to have an in-your-face-cheesy kick! Colby Jack always gets that job done. Lydia and I had kept the burner on at a low to medium heat through this whole process, stirring the macaroni around constantly so that none of it burned.
|Can you see the slight difference in color with each addition of cheese?|
I decided that Lydia and I should go all-out on this macaroni and cheese for this boring Friday night. We had already added enough cheese to call it outrageous, but why just stop with the cheese inside? If we didn’t have anywhere to go and nothing to look pretty for, then we could spend the night watching 90s teen sitcoms, reveling in our food comas. I decided to step it up a little. I lined a baking dish with butter and spread the macaroni around. I topped the macaroni with a little more cheese and a nice sprinkling of breadcrumbs.
We broiled it for 5-7 minutes, but I think that next time I make this, I will brown it a little longer. I was afraid that the macaroni would start to burn on the top, but there wasn’t much of that lovely brown on the outer sides of the dish, which there would have been if I had left it in the oven longer.
Lydia and I served ourselves some of this gorgeous and outrageous macaroni and cheese into more Halloween bowls. I got to use the Boo bowl!
This Macaroni and Cheese was exactly what that Friday night needed. As I began eating it, my night became more and more interesting. The cheese was perfectly gooey, and the flavors of the cheese swirled around my taste buds and grew in intensity as I chewed. This was a boldly cheesy Macaroni and Cheese. I could taste the creaminess of the American cheese, the robust flavor of the Cheddar and the tang of the Colby Jack. The toasted breadcrumb topping added a wonderful texture against the melty pasta and cheese. This macaroni made my boring Friday night memorable. Hopefully it will make a boring night more interesting for you as well!