I made homemade mac and cheese yesterday for the first time in a long time. It reinforced two things for me – 1) the box mixes of mac and cheese are cr*p and 2) BabyGirl is weird. She will not eat mac and cheese. I thought toddlers were supposed to live on this stuff. She won’t eat the box mix but I thought for sure she’d eat the real deal. Nope. Wouldn’t even taste it. This is adapted from a couple in the Fix It and Forget It cookbook
Mac and Cheese
8 oz. macaroni, partially cooked
1 can evaporated milk
1 cup milk
1 3-cup size bag of shredded cheese (I used Kroger “Casserole” cheese which is a cheddar/jack/American cheese blend)
a chunk of frozen carmelized onions (see below)
salt, garlic, and pepper to taste
In a large bowl scramble the eggs and mix in the milk. Add the macaroni, most of the cheese, onions, salt, garlic, and pepper.
Pour into a smallish crock pot (I used the 3 1/2 quart), sprinkle the extra cheese on top, and cook on low for NO MORE than 4 hours. This is not an all-day thing. If you leave it too long it will be mush.
This is waaay too easy but your house does smell like a White Castle for a day. This came from the lovely folks on my crockpot Yahoo group.
As many sweet onions as your crock pot will hold (I had 5 good sized ones in my 3 1/2 quart pot)
1 stick of butter or margarine
salt and pepper
Peel and cut the onions up. You can just quarter them like I did or you can slice them if they don’t reduce you to a red-eyed, weeping mess like they do me. Put them in the pot. Put the stick of butter on top (you could break it into 2-3 pieces if you want) and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Cook all day on low.
That’s it. When they cook down completely in 10 hours or so just let them cool and then portion them and freeze. I used freezer bags but next time I’ll use the little toss-away containers that hold about 1/3-1/2 a cup. When you need them – just dump them in the pot.
Butter is more neutral so you can use these in anything but if you know you’re making these for, say, masses of pasta sauce, you could use olive oil instead and add whole cloves of garlic to it.