Jalapeno Macaroni & Cheese Casserole
A nice creamy comfort dish. I like it best on a cold winter's night with a good tequila lime chicken dish, but I'm sure you could have it anytime and it would be just as tasty! You may want to add some salt to this recipe. I leave it out because my doc wants me to stay away from excess sodium.
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- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 3 jalapenos, minced and seeded
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, fresh ground
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 garlic cloves, minced (optional)
- 1⁄2 small onion, minced (optional)
- 5 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 12 ounces elbow macaroni, dry
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 3⁄4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt butter in medium sauce pan.
- Saute minced jalapenos, garlic,& onion until tender.
- Add flour,pepper, cumin, and cayenne and stir mixture for two minutes.
- Gradually add milk until smooth and creamy.
- Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring from time to time.
- Cook macaroni until tender (if you haven't prepared already).
- Drain macaroni.
- Add shredded cheese to sauce and stir until melted.
- Add sauce to macaroni in a buttered casserole dish.
- Top with bread crumbs and bake until top is brown and bubbly.
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I was really excited to try this recipe out based on the scrumptious photo and a craving for mac n' cheese. Unfortunately, the final product turned into a nearly inedible mess. Firstly, I would have halved the amount of breadcrumbs (and probably the flour) as well. All the creaminess I savoured as I initially tasted the cheese sauce disappeared once I pulled the dish out of the oven. Secondly, to echo previous reviewers, some seasoning would have really spiced this dish up. I tried using two jalapenos instead of three, and it was still too spicy for me, but I won't hold that against the recipe. Overall, there was a lot of potential, but I'll make some changes if I am to make this again.
I am usually a very strict follower of recipes, but I was searching out a recipe that came close to a dish I ate in a restaurant last week. This was the closest I found. To give the recipe the punch I wanted, I used 3 LARGE jalapenos and left in about 10 to 15 seeds. I also used almost a full teaspoon of cayenne, and 7 or 8 cloves of garlic. Used 3 green onions from my garden (the bottom few inches only) instead of half a small onion, sprinkled in some paprika, and added a 15.25 oz. can of corn. Left out the bread crumbs just because I had none. I did not add salt other than to the water for noodles, and did not miss it at all. I have the flavor totally where I want it (maybe too much garlic for others), and I am going to play with the cheese, milk and flour next time to get enough of a liquid where it will bubble while baking. Might try tabasco sometime for a change of pace, but I am seriously in love with this spicy dish!!!
I thought it was a little bland . . . despite the kick from the pepper, it was missing something. Not sure what - salt? I didn't add any - maybe I should have. I used poblanos because the jalapenos in my store looked a little "tired," and dried minced onions because I was out of onions. I also thought the sauce was a bit thick - might use 3 T flour vs. 5, and maybe add a bit more cheese.
This is very, very good. It is the only way I make mac & cheese now.<br/><br/>I have made it with and without breadcrumbs and prefer it without as it is not as dry. Be warned, though, depending on the size of the jalapenos, it can be very hot. If you want it mild, 2 jalapenos will still give you heat.