Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Individual Mac n' Cheese 3 Ways

What's better than an adorable personal ramekin of mac n' cheese? 3 types of individual mac n' cheese! Yes, what you see below is classic, BBQ, and spicy mac n' cheese. While I loved all three, my personal favorite was the BBQ sauce one. I've always loved to mix some of my BBQ sauce with mac n' cheese and figured, what the heck, give it a whirl making it that way from the get go! Delicious.

Being that I'm still shivering from the cold, I decided to write an open break-up letter to Winter in hopes of bringing in Spring a bit quicker.

Winter,

After several weeks of thinking, this relationship needs to come to an end. At first, your light flurries and brisk air were a welcomed  sign that the Holidays were right around the corner. Curling up with a cup of hot cocoa as I was kept warm by the humming heater wasn't a bother at all. Now, as we're well into Spring, your gusts of cold air that blow my bangs straight up are downright annoying. I can't pretend anymore to like waking up to a 50 degree apartment, and opening my $200 electric bills is something I can't tolerate any longer. I need space. I need a break. This isn't good-bye forever, I promise we'll be in touch and see each other again in a few months. Who knows, maybe in a few months my feelings will change.

Warmest regards,
Chilly in NJ




Ingredients- Yields 4 Ramekins
-1 egg
-1 cup dried elbow noodles
-5 tablespoons evaporated milk
-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/3 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
-3 tablespoons BBQ sauce
-3 teaspoons hot sauce

1. Cook pasta. Preheat oven to 375. Generously coat with cooking spray 4 ramekins and place on a baking sheet.

2. In a bowl, combine the egg, evaporated milk, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

3. Assembling:
  • Classic: Place a small layer of cheese in the bottom of the ramekin, alternate layers of noodles, then cheddar cheese, then noodles, then cheddar cheese. Making sure the final layer is cheese, and making sure each layer of cheese fully covers the noodles. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the milk mixture into ramekin.

  • BBQ: Place a small layer of cheese and BBQ sauce in the bottom of the ramekin, alternate layers of noodles, tablespoon of BBQ sauce, then cheddar cheese, then noodles, then BBQ sauce then cheddar cheese. Making sure the final layer is cheese and some BBQ sauce, and making sure each layer of cheese fully covers the noodles. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the milk mixture into ramekin.

  • Spicy: Place a small layer of cheese and hot sauce in the bottom of the ramekin, alternate layers of noodles, tablespoon of hot sauce, then cheddar cheese, then noodles, then hot sauce then cheddar cheese. Making sure the final layer is cheese and some hot sauce, and making sure each layer of cheese fully covers the noodles. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the milk mixture into ramekin.
4. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. The broil 5-6 minutes until cheese is bubbly and browned.


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