Monday, January 24, 2011

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Bonnie's Homemade Mac n Cheese
12 T butter
3 cups good white crusty bread cut into 1/4 inch pieces
4 cups whole whipping cream or half and half
1 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
2 t salt
1 t pepper
1 t garlic powder
1/4 ts nutmeg
6 cups of your favorite cheese shredded (Vintage white cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Swiss Cheese, Gouda, Romano Cheese, Muenster)
1 8 pkg cream cheese
2 pounds macaroni

Preheat oven to 325*. Place bread in medium bowl. In the microwave melt 4 T butter and 1/2 t of garlic powder. Pour butter into the bowl with bread and toss. Set aside.

Melt 6 T butter in large sauce pan over medium heat. When butter melts, add flour. Cook, whisking for one minute. While whisking, slowly pour in milk and cream. Add salt and pepper and remaining garlic powder and nutmeg. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until mixture bubbles and thickens.
Remove from heat and stir in your shredded blended cheeses - while reserving about 1 1/2 cups of it for the top of mac and cheese. Add cream cheese
Stir until blended. and set aside.

Make macaroni according to directions on package. Drain. Add to cheese mixture and stir until well coated. Pour into mini ramekins, 9x13 dish, or whatever you'd like to serve it in. Top with remaining shredded cheese and butter soaked croutons. Bake for 30 minute or until bubbly and croutons have browned.

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