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"The purpose of cooking the roux".. ( flour butter mixture) is to cook the flour taste out of it).. as well as to make the perfect lump free sauce!..<br/>I made this per Alton's directions.. I grated my onions and gave them a quick rise with water..before adding to the milk..( rising removes that onion odor)..I also added a 3 oz of cream cheese...PERFECT!...will make this one for my family cook book!
This is really good and creamy though I only made 1/2 a recipe I used 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese as I don't like too much cheese. I like mixed cheese in my mac & cheese. I pretty much halved everything except I only cooked butter and flour 3 minutes as I had halved recipe but I went for the full 10 minutes on the other simmer, stir time..
Forgot something I used less mustard as someone mentioned that had too strong a mustard flavor. Though I used all the onion.
I made this just as directed except I didn't butter the panko bread crumbs. Excellent flavor and texture. I will keep this recipe handy for this very good treat.
Loved all the flavors. Really could taste the bay leaf and the mustard. I will not make it ahead of time though. It was creamy and nice and by the time I baked, it was drier than we like.
This last weekend, made a batch of Mac and Cheese and have been eating it over the last several days. This is great reheated and served by itself, with a hamburger patty, with Tak Kogi Sopsanjok (Tak Kogi Sopsanjok (Spicy Korean Chicken Patties)), hot dogs and even fried chicken. I've even take it for lunches to work. This is some good mac and cheese.
I do not like baked mac and cheese. Let's just get that out there right now. Having said that, I first tried AB's baked mac and cheese about 2 years ago. I haven't made it any other way since. LOVE THIS RECIPE TO DEATH.
Really great. I love it. However try adding about 3 tablespoons of blue cheese to the sauce pan and just a very little on topping just before baking. It is great!!!!
Not for us. Too oniony. Just not it.
I cut the fat and calories a bit by subbing 1.5 cups of veggie stock for 1.5 cups of milk. I used 1 lb whole wheat shells. That's twice the amount of pasta it called for but my family and I still found it to be cheesy enough to be really yummy.
Don't preheat the oven. You're not baking a cake. Only baked goods need a preheated oven. Save time and money (i.e. electricity) by putting the Mac in the oven while its still cold, setting the temp and then set the timer for 35-40 min. As the oven is heating up it'll heat your Mac so you won't have to wait for it to preheat and then wait another 30 min after that.
Really like this Mac- N- Cheese! The panko, mustard & onion are different but that's what makes it so good. Thanks for sharing!