Wednesday, January 18, 2017

my youth


What is this witchcraft? Three ingredients, 10 minutes (depending on how fast you can grate cheese), and all you're getting dirty is one saucepan and aforementioned cheese grater. I'm overwhelmed with love and gratitude.

This is simplicity at its best. Mac and cheese never needed a lot of fuss, but this takes the cake. Rich, gooey comfort food that harkens back to your childhood. This even smelled like Kraft Mac + Cheese, in the best way possible.

Matt's only comment on this was if we could find a way to give it a crispy topping, it would be his ideal mac. That means next time, and there will be a next time, I'm going with some butter crisped panko as a topping - done in a small skillet rather than the oven, since I'm not sure I want to mess with the consistency of this divine concoction by giving it oven time.

I might want to mess with it and use different cheeses - a pepperjack would probably be lovely, and maybe even smoked Gouda.

Note that this is equal parts macaroni, evaporated milk, and Cheddar cheese, so don't have a cow if you can only find the little 5-oz. cans of evaporated milk. Either make less, or get two cans, and adjust your macaroni and grated cheese amounts. I happened to find 12-oz. cans of evaporated milk, so that's what I used. Regardless of the amount, this is really best served immediately, so don't go out of your way to make enough for leftovers.

Three-Ingredient Stovetop Mac + Cheese
from Serious Eats
serves 4-6

12 oz. elbow macaroni
Salt
12 oz. evaporated milk
12 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated

1. Place macaroni in a medium saucepan, and add just enough cold water to cover. Add a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Continue to cook, stirring, until water has been almost completely absorbed and macaroni is just shy of al dente, about 6 minutes.

2. Immediately add the evaporated milk, and bring to a boil. Add the cheese. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring continuously, until cheese is melted and liquid has reduced to a creamy sauce, about 2 minutes longer. Season to taste with more salt, and serve immediately.

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