I’m not a cheese fan typically, but a good old-fashioned macaroni and cheese does it for me every time. My mother makes the most amazing mac and cheese I’ve ever tasted, hands down. No matter the event or holiday, all of our friends and family clamor for it. One day soon I’ll post a recipe here for you all to try!
I like to cook a lot, and I often think about having a signature dish like my mother. In the meantime, I like trying variations on well known comfort foods, like these awesome recipes I found on the most amazing website ever, PINTEREST. Seriously guys, Pinterest is my favorite.
Here are some recipes that I’d like to try, or have tried, from most classic to the most adventurous (at least on my saved “Dine” board):
5) Skillet Macaroni and Cheese
I think anything made in a skillet is an automatic improvement, and mac ‘n cheese is no exception. All the edges get extra brown and crunchy and mmmmmm….
When I make this I use croutons for the top instead of breadcrumbs, and sometimes cut up a few hot dogs inside. Classy? Yeah, that’s me. Five out of five cats for being delicioso . Here is the recipe.
4) Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Kielbasa and Sausage
I think the cheapo version of this is to cut up a bunch of hot dogs-similar to the recipe above-but if you put in the effort to cook it with multiple versions of meat–like Kielbasa and spicy Italian sausage–it REALLY takes it to the next level. Four out of five cats! Check out the full recipe here.
3) Macaroni and Cheese Muffins
This is a recipe I have yet to try, but I cannot wait! Link here.
2) Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites
I’ve only ever made the frozen version of these, but let me tell you–they were UH-MAZING. Especially with a nice cool dish of marinara sauce. I can’t remember what restaurant I first had them in–it might have been The Cheesecake Factory, but don’t hold me to that. My eyes were rolling back in my head, so I might’ve missed the name on the menus. I give this 4 1/2 cats out of five for deliciousness (I take off a half a cat because the water runoff when they defrost might be a little much…it’s hit or miss in that regard, but still totally worth it!)
Here’s a recipe for the real thing. I would love to try it one day!
1)Macaroni and Cheese Burger
Look at that. Just look at it. Gaze upon its glory. Yes, that is probably hundreds, no, THOUSANDS of calories. But could they be better spent?
I see this as the macaroni and cheese equivalent of the Krispy Kreme burger they serve at the state fair…sinful, delicious, and your one meal of the day. I haven’t found a recipe for this yet, but one rainy day when I’m hungry and emotional…consider this my next palate project.
What are your favorite macaroni and cheese recipes? Are there any twists on classics you consider to be your signature?