Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
The recipe for this wonderful regional take on mac and cheese is an adaptation of one in The Gift of Southern Cooking (Knopf, 2003) by Edna Lewis, a Southern culinary legend, and Scott Peacock, the former chef of Atlanta's Watershed restaurant. Two ingredients set this macaroni and cheese apart from the pack: grated onion and Worcestershire sauce. This came from Saveur.com. When I made this I made a few changes. I used 3 bricks EXTRA-SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE, COLBY CHEESE which was grated and MUENSTER CHEESE which was cubed. I left out the onions, nutmeg and worchestershire sauce. I doubled the pasta.
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
- 8 ounces hollow pasta, preferably elbow macaroni
- butter, for greasing
- 7 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2⁄3 cup sour cream
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1⁄2 cups half-and-half
- 1 1⁄2 cups heavy cream
- 1⁄3 cup grated onion
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1. Heat oven to 350°. Bring a 4-qt. saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until cooked halfway through, about 3 minutes. Drain pasta and transfer to a greased 9" x 13" baking dish. Stir in the cubed cheddar cheese and set aside.
- 2. Combine 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt, flour, mustard, black pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne in a large mixing bowl. Add the sour cream and the eggs and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the half-and-half, heavy cream, onions, and Worcestershire. Pour egg mixture over the reserved pasta mixture and stir to combine. Sprinkle the grated cheese evenly over the surface. Bake until the pasta mixture is set around the edges but still a bit loose in the center, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.