SQWIBS Macaroni and Cheese

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  1. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fixed Links February 28, 2013

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    SQWIBS Macaroni and Cheese


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    OK here was the dilemma, some of my family like “Oven Baked Mac n’ Cheese”, while others like the smoother creamier type like the Velveeta shells.​
    I know everyone will eat the smoother type and not complain, especially Stephen and I.​
    So I decided to work from an “Oven Baked” type and tweak it to a smoother “kid friendly” type.​
    Here's what happened....​

     


    Recipe: (Test 1) cooked on Reverse Flow. [FAIL]
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    • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
    • 4 tablespoon butter
    • 1 cup yellow cheddar cheese
    • 6-8 slices American cheese
    • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
    • 4 cups whole milk
    • 1 cups heavy cream
    • ½ – ¾ sleeve of Ritz Crackers
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    Salt and pepper to taste
    1. Pour 2 cups of uncooked noodles in a 9 x 13 greased pan
    2. In a Saucepan bring milk and heavy cream to a low simmer using a very low heat, stirring continuously, add butter, and add the rest of the ingredients, reserving a ¼ cup of mozzarella and ¼ cup of cheddar for the top. Stir until everything is smooth.
    3. Remove cheese sauce from flame and pour over top uncooked macaroni.
    4. Smoke at 250 for approximately 2 hours or until golden brown and bubbly
    5. To prevent this dish from becoming too brown and crusty, cover with foil if needed.
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    Conclusion:

    This was made for a party of 12 and 2 did not like it, my son Stephen and I did not care for it, I thought it was to lumpy inside and dry, I believe the cheese sauce had curdled and did not have much flavor. Back to the drawing board.

    It was worse the next day.
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    Recipe: (Test 2) Baked in Oven [FAIL] But a little Better
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    • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
    • 4 tablespoon butter
    • 1 cup yellow cheddar cheese
    • 6-8 slices American cheese
    • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • ½ – ¾ sleeve of Ritz Crackers
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    Salt and pepper to taste
    1. Pre heat oven 350
    2. Boil macaroni 10 minutes, while macaroni is boiling, bring milk and heavy cream to a low simmer using a very low heat, stirring continuously, add butter, and add the rest of the ingredients, reserving a ¼ cup of mozzarella and cheddar for the top. Stir until everything is smooth.
    3. Remove cheese sauce from flame, remove elbow macaroni and drain, transfer to a greased 9” x 13” dish, pour cheese sauce over top.
    4. Sprinkle a small amount of cheddar on top, crush some Ritz crackers on top of the cheddar then add the rest of the Cheddar and mozzarella.
    5. Bake 350 for 1 hour or until golden brown and bubbly
    6. To prevent this dish from becoming too brown and crusty, cover with foil for the last 15 min. of baking if needed.
    Conclusion:

    This was made for our family of 5 and Stephen and I thought it was just so so. It was not as lumpy or dry (curdled) like the first batch but was greasier, I believe I need to use more processed cheese.

    My wife loved them, but I still need to come up with a “Mac n’ Cheese” that everyone likes. Back to the drawing board.

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    Recipe: (Test 3) cooked on Reverse Flow [EUREKA!!]
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    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
    • 2 tablespoon butter
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon red hot
    • 1 lb. American cheese
    • 1 lb of Velveeta cheese
    • 8 oz. cream cheese
    • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
    • 1 cup sour cream
    Topping:
    • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
    • 1 cup yellow cheddar cheese
    • ½ – ¾ sleeve of Ritz Crackers
    • 6 – 8 slices of cooked chopped bacon, or crumbled
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    • chicken stock, optional
    • ¼ cup Parmesan optional
    Directions:
    1. Cook bacon until crispy, set aside
    2. Boil macaroni 10 minutes in salted water. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter then add milk slowly add the rest of the ingredients with the exception of the "Toppings", Ritz Crackers, Mozzarella Cheese, Cheddar Cheese and bacon. Cook on very low heat constantly stirring until everything is smooth.
    3. Remove cheese sauce from flame, remove elbow macaroni and drain,transfer to a greased 9” x 13” dish. Stir in the cheese sauce.
    4. Sprinkle a small amount of Bacon on top followed by some cheddar then the Ritz crackers then rest of the cheddar and and mozzarella.
    5. Smoke at 250 for approximately 2 hours or until golden brown and bubbly
    6. To prevent this dish from becoming too brown and crusty, cover with foil if needed.
    7. I decided on the bacon at the last minute
    Conclusion:

    Total success, everyone loved them and they were perfect the next day and even tasted good cold.

    They had a great consistency, very creamy and not too rich, with a decent crust on top.

    The goal here was to find a happy medium between a traditional “Oven Baked Mac n’ Cheese” and a smoother type Mac n’ cheese that most kids love

    I had done a little bit of research and the problem may have been that the cheese was curdling, either from heating the cheese too high to quickly or in the oven, so to avoid this I used processed cheeses for the cheese sauce at very low heat and the cheddar and mozzarella for the crust.


    10/24/10

    Tried recipe #3 again but added an extra cup of noodles, not as creamy but still good, I will stick with 2 cups noodles but for those that prefer the not so creamy, try the 3 cups of noodles but add an extra half cup of milk. No Ritz crackers this time, I like it better without the crackers, the browned cheese gives enough of a crust.


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    Last edited: Apr 16, 2015
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  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Looks great!

    Too much work for me.

    I get the giant frozen Stouffers and smoke it with the rest of the food and on occaision add some bacon or PP.

        Craig
     
  3. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Great, Thanks for the recipe...
     
  4. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    OH MAN! That sounds so good.... but you need a disclaimer that says "5 cows were milked dry make all that cheese!" LOL
     
  5. This really does look wonderful.  I've had some similar failures with cheeses clumping and separating, so it's good to find recipes that work well.  I've added a little white wine in some of my cheese sauces also (like a fondue), but my kids don't care much for that taste.  It's great with some grilled bread (or pizza dough).

    Thanks for sharing!!!
     
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    They all look good to me!
     
  7. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    True... that's why we usually make the Velveeta shells
     
  8. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks for posting Sqwib...looks delish...like the way you man up to the 'fails' <grin>.....
     
  9. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah but you haven't seen my other fails. ssshh! don't tell anyone.

    Sometimes we learn more from our failures than are successes.
     
  10. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Missed the thread, mac and cheese looks great!!!
     
  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That is a recipe that needs tryin'! And congrats on figuring out that "real" cheese taste good but is tricky to cook with...JJ
     
  12. We love Mac N Cheese. Yet another delicious looking recipe I have to try :)
     
  13. Keep posting Mac and cheese recipies I am always looking for a newer and better one. Thanks to all.
     
  14. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    If I wanted to make #3 with the ritz crackers do I crumble them up first or lay flat in a layer across the top?
     
  15. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Crumbled but try it anyway you like.

    you can top with corn flakes, French's French Fried Onions, Munchos, Funyuns etc...

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  16. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Thanks for the response. Look forward to trying it.
     
  17. diesel

    diesel Smoking Fanatic

    I made the test #3 "eruika" recipe this past weekend. We had my brother and his soon to be wife down to have some BBQ. They are wanted me to cook for their weeding. I made you MAC and Cheese and they loved it. Want me to serve it along w/ the butt and chicken.

    I followed the recipe except I used colby cheese in place of the american and I did NOT put crackers on. I also added chopped jalapenos. Very good!

    thanks alot for the recipe SQWIB!
     
  18. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Glad you liked it, I luv the idea of jalapenos on top.
     
  19. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OK Squib, 2 recipes on the to do list in one day!

    Great job with the post.
     
  20. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Another Post fixed.
     

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