Holiday Macaroni and Cheese

I made this as a surprise for Tim and his family last year at Easter. Well let me tell you that there was not a crumb left. Now his family request this Mac and Cheese at all of our family get together’s. I try not to make it to often as I do not want them to tire of this great comfort food.

Last Easter when I made it I had to hide a small bowl so that I could have some for myself.  Tim, his mother and his brother Bill argued over who would get the last little bit. You had to be here to see these three adults acting like children over a spoon or two of mac and cheese.

 

My Holiday  Macaroni and Cheese:

1 (16-ounce) package macaroni

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more to butter baking dish

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 1/2cups whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

3/4 cup  grated Colby jack

3/4 cup grated Monterey jack

3/4 cup grated white Cheddar

3/4 cup grated Parmesan

1/4 cup bread crumbs

 

 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add  kosher salt. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain. Rinse under warm water in colander.

Add the 5 tablespoons butter  and melt the butter stirring with a wooden spoon.

Using a whisk, add the flour, and stir constantly until well mixed with the butter making a roux. Whisk in the mustard. Gradually add the milk and cream whisking constantly.

Add the salt. Let come to a simmer and stir frequently for 15 minutes.

Strain the hot milk mixture into a bowl and discard the solids. Working quickly, mix in  the cheeses, reserving a half cup of the sharp cheddar cheese. Continue to stir until all cheese is melted.

Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese mixture to coat. Add the macaroni mixture to the prepared baking dish. Mix the remaining cheddar cheese and bread crumbs together and sprinkle on top of the noodles. Bake for about 20to 30 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown. Remove from oven when done and let cool for about  5 minutes.

 

Hope ya’ll give this a try and let me know what you think.

From our family to yours have a terrific Thanksgiving.