Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Comfort Me With Mac and Cheese

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

Trying times such as these send me flying to the kitchen, seeking comfort in...well...comfort food.
And macaroni and cheese is at the very top of my list. Everybody, from the cradle to the grave, loves mac and cheese. So here's how I'm going to make it this time and I'm going to put it in ramekins so nobody eats all the topping:
Enough for 4 ramekins

8 ounces dry pasta, cooked according to package instructions and drained
4 T. butter + 1 more for the topping
3 T. flour
1 1/2 cups of milk
1/2 cup of half and half
8 oz sharp cheddar, shredded
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dry mustard
8 T panko bread crumbs

Preheat the over to 350 degrees
In a medium saucepan, melt 4 T. butter over medium-high heat
Add the flour and whisk until smooth
add milk and half and half, continuing to whisk
bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low
add the cheese and stir until melted and creamy
add salt, pepper, and dry mustard
distribute evenly between ramekins and place a baking sheet underneath in case they overflow

melt 1 T. butter then mix in the crumbs
distribute evenly over the ramekins

bake for 10 - 12 minutes then put under the broiler for a few minutes until the tops are toasty brown.

What's your favorite comfort food in times of trouble?


My Recent Favorite Books said...

I love this! Mac and Cheese is one of my favorites!

Jeannie D. said...

My Mom's homemade vegetable soup.

Aurian said...

What a coincidence, I am eating macaroni tonight. But it is nothing like your recipe I confess.

Deb said...

I'm thinking I should have added bacon :)

Deb said...

my mom makes a mean veggie soup, too.

Deb said...

noodles in any form bring comfort, in my book.

Harbinger said...

My favorite comfort food is a grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of tomato soup. The ingredients have been modified over the many years since i was a child - e.g., homemade soup rather than Campbell's - but it still warms my heart just like it used to do.

Deb said...

I totally forgot about grilled cheeses and tomato soup. What a blast from my childhood! I'm making it tonight!!!

Sue said...

Deb, you make your mac and cheese almost the same way I make mine. I dice up a little onion and add it to the butter before I make the rue and I use only 1/8 t. of dry mustard. My favorite comfort food is York Peppermint Patties. They seem to give me a boost when I need one. I keep a package of the mini ones in my freezer and when I need, I can go get one. Yumm

Deb said...

That's another comfort I've forgotten about. Peppermint Patties are on my grocery list:)

Anonymous said...

I confess, it's McDonalds - cheeseburger and fries

Deb said...

Anything on McDonald's menu qualifies for me!

Shirley said...

Grilled cheese is a favorite comfort food. Also, a big bowl of popcorn (not microwave!). For additional stress release, glass of wine and a silly Disney movie.

Elaine L. Orr said...

I generally go for chocolate, but always have room for multi-grain bread fresh from the oven.