About two weeks ago (yipes), we had many Easter celebrations. First, we went to Steve's aunt's house for the big family party on Saturday. It was fun to chat with all the cousins and eat lots of delicious food! At the request of Steve, I made baked mac n' cheese as one of the side dishes. Everyone must have enjoyed it because I went home with an empty pan! I base my version of the dish on my kitchen crush, Paula Deen's recipe for "The Lady's Cheesy Mac Recipe" with a few changes (scroll down to see how I made it).
|Happy Easter Salad!|
Ok, so back to the food. I offered to make scalloped potatoes and a fresh green salad, and ended up making the baked ham (glaze recipe here) and finishing the green bean casserole. For the green beans, just use the ultimate recipe on the Campbell's Soup website. So good!
Here are the recipes that I used for the weekend of delicious Easter food:
Baked Mac n' Cheese
(Based on The Lady's Cheesy Mac)
4-5 cups cooked elbow macaroni, drained (2-3 cups dry)
2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese, separate the 2 cups from the 1/2 cup
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup sour cream
4 tbsp butter, cut into pieces
1 cup skim milk
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground mustard
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Gear you'll need: large pot for boiling noodles, strainer/colander, 13 x 9 pan or another baking dish that will hold about the same size, a large bowl, cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
While the macaroni noodles are cooking, mix the eggs, sour cream (add more or less depending on how creamy you want it), milk, mustard and pepper in a large bowl.
|For some reason, I only took one picture of the whole Mac n' Cheese process.|
Here is what all those ingredients look like before I mixed them.
Serve and enjoy!
8 cups of thinly sliced potatoes (I used about 8 red skinned potatoes, which is about 2-3 pounds)
1 cup diced onions (I used a red onion because I had it from the salad I made, but any kind is fine)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups milk
3 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
2-3 cloves of garlic, diced/crushed
1/2 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste
Gear you'll need: cooking spray, 13 x 9 baking dish, veggie slicer/mandolin, sauce pan, measuring cups and spoons
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
|Your kitchen will smell wonderful at this point, and you've just started!|
|Be careful not to slice your fingers!|
(The shadow is my arm)
|All ready for the oven!|
(Again, that's my arm's shadow)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic salt or 1 clove of garlic crushed
Gear you'll need: measuring spoons and a jar or container with a lid that fits tightly
|All of these veggies are so excited for the dressing!|