Terrible Horrible No Good Really Bad Day Macaroni and Cheese

June 13, 2012

Some days are better than others.  Today I have already been stung by a yellow jacket, chased our horse around the pasture trying to catch him for our farrier, cleaned up puppy puke - on OUR bed, no less, and discovered that a bunny has not only eaten all our spinach but also all our beet tops....and it's only 3 o'clock  in the afternoon.  All in all, I've had better days.

Some days call for comfort food. For me that means macaroni & cheese. My recipe isn't healthy, it's not a well-balanced meal and yes, you could substitute whole wheat pasta for the elbows, 2% milk for the heavy cream and low-fat cheese for the Vermont cheddar - but honestly, sometimes you just need real honest-to-goodness comfort food. Today is one of those days.

I prefer to bake mine in individual casserole dishes, because somehow it's more comforting to have a whole one for myself and not have to share, but you can use a regular 9x12 baking dish instead.

Terrible Horrible No Good Really Bad Day Macaroni and Cheese

1 stick butter
 1/4 Cup flour
1T mustard (I use Grey Poupon Harvest Coarse Ground)
2 Cups heavy cream
2 Cups milk ( you can use whole or 2%)
Fresh ground salt & white pepper to taste
16 oz elbow macaroni, cooked
16 oz shredded cheddar
10 oz block Vermont white sharp cheddar, shredded
1Stick butter, melted
1 Cup Panko bread crumbs

Melt 1 stick of butter in a saucepan.  Whisk in flour, until blended, over medium-high heat.  Whisk in mustard.   Whisk in heavy cream and milk, salt and pepper, stirring several minutes until sauce thickens and begins to bubble.  Add cheeses and stir until melted. Remove from heat.

Combine sauce with macaroni and pour into lightly greased individual casserole dishes or 9x12 pan. 

Stir panko crumbs into melted stick of butter and spread over top of casseroles.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until topping bubbles and is golden brown.

Enjoy ! And remember, in the words of the indomitable Scarlett O'Hara... tomorrow IS another day...

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  1. I hear ya on the bunny debacle. Before we could get our newest kitty addition all healed up from her operation and outside a bunny had eaten all our spinach too :( I was lucky to salvage our baby peppers too!! My comfort food has been strawberry, rhubarb, blueberry pie. Yes, I've had it for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner. Ok, maybe not for breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one day ... I digress.

    Hope tomorrow is a better day for you!

  2. Aww! I hope you and your tummy felt better after that yummy mac n cheese. At least your vermin are bunnies unlike my vermin... rats! Ugh! They climb right up the chicken wire cages we built. Now, we gotta put lids on them. Is it worth it? Sometimes I wonder.

  3. Replies
    1. Inspired by a fan's comment about my Terrible Horrible day :0)

  4. Cream AND butter! Saved to try. :o)

  5. Aw...you poor thing! It's supposed to be a hot day today.... definitely going to try the recipe....yummy!!!

  6. Sorry you had such an awful day! But mac n cheese sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at Creative Things Thursday!

  7. Oh, Lisa...I feel your pain. Some days just deserve that comfort food. I love this post so much that I'm going to FEATURE it on Tasty Thursdays this week. Thanks for sharing. The party will be live tonight!! Nichi

    1. Thank you! I just linked up my Holiday EggNog recipe to your party! Enjoy!

  8. Okay woman, I totally knew you were my kind of gal :) This and your quick version look amazing!! The ONLY time I've ever gotten my dad to eat macaroni and cheese was with bacon and fried onions - I'll see if I can't get him to try this too!!!

  9. Thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday. Cheers


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