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No boil Macaroni Mac & cheese

bpopovitz

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 I've been using this mac & cheese recipe for years.  Doesnt even reuitre you to pre-cook the mac .  Takes a bit longer but hey we all like food that takes awhile.  Only 1 dirty dish and it's delicious.

Basic recipe:

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

1 stick butter

12 ounces yellow cheddar cheese

4 Ozs. mozzarella cheese

5 cups milk

 salt and pepper to taste

Pre heat oven 350,

Layer macaroni, butter, and cheese in the order given in a 9-by-13 dish.  Pour milk over the top layer. Bake 1 hr. do not cover.

To prevent this dish from becoming too brown and crusty, cover with foil for the last 15 min. of baking.

Additions:

I have experimented with other cheeses, provolone, co-jack, pepper jack, parm.  All good.  I've also added some pre-cooked chicken in at the last 15-20 minutes.  I'm tinking some smoked chicken next time.  Could be good.

On the cheese substitutions just remember the total cheese amount needs to be 16 ounces. 
 

rdknb

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that sounds good I will have to give it a try
 

duffman

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Wonder how long that would take in the smoker? Regardless I am going to be trying it.
 

bpopovitz

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I'm betting on about 2 hours.  I know I should have tested it on the smoker first, but I figured there are plenty of peopl out here who love to experiment.
 

bpopovitz

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Okay, I finally got around to trying this int the smoker.  Took 1 hour 40 minutes at 250 (I ran a bit hotter than usual today for some reason)

Here are some pics. First one is proof that we start with uncooked macaroni, second - layered remaining ingredients, then finally the finished product.  I also made only half the recipe as it was just me and the kids last night for dinner.





 
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lucky13

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Thanks!  With 3 small kids in the house Mac & Cheese is a staple around our place.  Gonna have to give it a try.
 

bpopovitz

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Wildflower,

It was delicious, the smoke flavor was present in every part of mac & cheese.  I think that the smokiness penetrated the food even better since the mac was uncooked when it went in that gave time to soak up even more flavor.

I used a mixture of hickory and apple. 
 

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Man.... my kids are gonna love this!.... and it gives me yet one more reason to fire up the smoker!
 

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Well the expirement is in progress. I did the same recipe Bpopovitz has at the top of the page, but added to it. The layers in order are 1 box dry mac., 1 stick butter sliced into pats and spread on noodles, about 1 lb. smoked pulled pork, salt & pepper, 2 cups broccoli florrets, cheese, and milk. Hope it turns out well... will post a pic when its done :)
 

jirodriguez

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Can you say CHEESE! lol.... man this made for a super simple easy dinner, definately on my go-to list! Will have to play with the mix of cheeses a bit, something with less oil in it than the chedder, but other than that it was really, really good! Thanks for a great recipe Bpopovitz.

... on to the pics!





 

bpopovitz

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Way to go Johnny, I love taking simple things and kicking them up.  I never even thought about adding some pulled pork, wow, great idea.

 

sqwib

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Hopefully will be able to do 2 batches this weekend

1 with precooked bacon

1 with a cup of mini marshmallows.

This would be a good for breakfast with JD hot sausage, would precook the sausage to remove the grease.
 

sqwib

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Awesome Johnny is that "red hot" sprinkled on top...

Hey how about a Crab mac and cheese with a bit of old bay
 
 

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bpopovitz have you tried heavy cream or cream cheese in this recipe, was wondering if it would make it too rich.

I always add cream cheese to my mac and cheese to make it creamier
 

jirodriguez

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Awesome Johnny is that "red hot" sprinkled on top...

Hey how about a Crab mac and cheese with a bit of old bay
 
No... hadn't gotten the hot sauce on mine in that picture, that was actually just the browned cheese - it looked beutifull when I pulled it out of the oven!


 
bpopovitz have you tried heavy cream or cream cheese in this recipe, was wondering if it would make it too rich.

I always add cream cheese to my mac and cheese to make it creamier
That is what I am thinking as well, I like a real creamy texture. I was half tempted to make a roue with the butter and some flower and sprinkle that over the noodles. This will definately be a fun recipe to play with.
 

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