Mac and Cheese Ideas for Tonight and Tomorrow

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Kids lovemacaroni and cheese. It’s creamy and cheesy and it’s a stapleon kid menus. Your childhood memories of mac and cheese may have a layer of bread crumbs over the baked dish when pulled from the oven. Maybe your family recipe calls for a dash of hot sauce or some Dijon mustard in the cheese sauce for a bit of tang in the background.

The love of macaroni and cheese is not just for the kids. Adults find just as much appeal in homemade macaroni and cheese bubbling away in the oven.

Macaroni and cheese can be served as a side dish or as the center of the meal with a few added ingredients like cubes of ham, steamed broccoli spears, roasted tomatoes, or slices ofmushrooms. Pair with a tossed salad coated in a light vinaigrette and dinner is ready to hit the table on a busy weeknight.

Mix it up with your macaroni and cheeseby swapping out the elbow-shaped pasta for another pasta shape likecavatappi or orrechiette. As for the cheese, if one type of cheese makes the mac and cheese come together as a dish, what would two cheeses taste like? Three? Mix together as manychoicesof cheese as you want to find a balance of flavor your family likes. Just keep in mind that you need to use a cheese that melts well like Muenster, Fontina, American, Monterey Jack, or a mild or sharp Cheddar.

Many people use evaporated milk in place of regular milk in their recipes. Evaporated milk can offer a creamier texture in baked dishes as the cans of fresh milk haveany water removed before the sealing process. Nestle’s Carnation evaporated milk has earned the title of “The Cooking Milk” and they provide recipes inside the label. Be sure and visit their website for even more ideas.

A recent episode of The Chew shared ideas for leftover macaroni and cheese likea Mac n’Cheese Florentine from Daphne Oz.

A viewer, Tamika Frye,was alsofeatured demonstrating her use for leftover macaroni and cheese from last night’s dinner. Need a reason to get your waffle iron out of the closet?Check out her recipe for Herb Crusted Mac n’Cheese waffles. Sheshapes leftover macaroni and cheese into a shape slightly smaller than the waffle iron and dusts themwith flour. Thenthey gointo a bowl of eggs followed by adredging in panko bread crumbs. The mixture gets pressed inthe waffle iron and served warm. Go to The Chew’s site and scroll down to find Frye’s genius idea for mac and cheese leftovers.

Try some of these ideas for macaroni and cheese for dinner andthe kids and the adults at the tablewill be happy.

Alice Knisley Matthias is a mom of two boys who love to trade weird-but-true facts. She writes about food, family, education and garden. She loves to cook and to grow fresh herbs, and believes in an organic lifestyle for her family in the kitchen and the garden. Her work has appeared in Eating Well, Highlights for Children, Boys’ Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul, What to Expect, Cook n’ Scribble and an America’s Test Kitchen Cook’s Country Cookbook. She is the author of and a regular blogger for KIDS DISCOVER. Find Alice on Twitter: @AKnisleyMatth

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