Jun 172016
 

This is a family favorite I posted some time ago and finally added a couple pictures. I’m still trying to remember to take pictures when I make some of the variations, but we don’t have this recipe often due to the high-calorie content.

I also discovered something after making this recipe many times. If you stir the mixture after 30 to 45 minutes of cooking, it resembles more traditional baked macaroni and cheese. If you don’t stir, it comes out more like layers with the top being a fluffy cheese layer.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  2. 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  3. 12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
  4. 4 oz. mozzarella cheese
  5. 5 cups milk
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Layer macaroni, butter, and cheeses in a 9-by-13 dish. Pour milk over the top layer.
  3. Bake for one hour. Do not cover.
Notes
  1. To prevent this dish from becoming too brown and crusty (I like the brown and crusty myself but I know some people don’t), cover with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.
  2. Experiment with other cheeses!
  3. You can turn this into an entrée by adding your favorite meats and veggies!
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Some variations:

 

Baked Mushroom Cheeseburger Macaroni

Ingredients above plus:
1 lb hamburger
1 diced medium onion
8 oz fresh, sliced mushrooms or 12 oz can mushrooms

Brown hamburger with onion and mushrooms. Drain and add meat mixture before cheese layer. Reduce milk by 1/2 cup. Follow remaining directions above.

 

Baked Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni

Ingredients above plus:
1 lb hamburger
1 diced medium onion
6 slices bacon, crumbled

Brown hamburger with onion.  Drain and add hamburger and onion mixture before cheese layer.  After cheese layer, sprinkle with crumbled bacon.  Reduce milk by 1/2 cup.  Follow remaining directions above.

 

Baked Ham and Cheese Macaroni

Ingredients above plus:
1 lb ham and choose any combination of the following veggies:
Onion
Mushrooms
Broccoli
Cauliflower

Fry ham and veggies to remove excess liquid. Drain and add before cheese layer. Reduce milk by 1/2 to 3/4 cup. Follow remaining directions above.

This is a very versatile dish. Try using leftover taco meat, chicken, peppers, or any number of variations to make a completely different dish every time. Let me know what you tried, what worked and what didn’t!

Aug 242011
 

Beef With Sour Cream

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean beef round steak
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 4oz can sliced mushrooms
  • 1 10oz package peas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice

Directions:

  1. Remove bone and fat from steak. Cut meat unto thin, narrow strips.
  2. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to flour. Dip meat into this mixture.
  3. Using a large skillet, quickly brown meat on all sides in hot oil.
  4. Add onions, water and bouillon cube, thyme and liquid from mushrooms.
  5. Cover and simmer about 45 minutes or until meat is tender.
  6. Add mushrooms and peas.
  7. Cover and cook 5 to 7 minutes.
  8. Stir in sour cream. Heat but do not boil. Serve over hot fluffy rice.

Tip: I usually use about 1 1/2 lbs of steak and fresh mushrooms if I have them. If using fresh mushrooms, saute mushrooms and reserve liquid to use in step 4.

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