29 October, 2015
Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
I am always looking for good recipes to feed a crowd. Between family reunions, school events and birthday parties, I sometimes have to make food for a lot of people! Not only do I want to make sure I prepare enough for everyone, I want to make sure the food is GOOD. Therefore, I get a little nervous when cooking for a crowd.
This recipe for Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese by Paula Deen, found on the Food Network website, is one of my trusty potluck dishes. Kids and adults seem to really enjoy it!
You start out by cooking the macaroni, only about 7 minutes or so, just to take the bite off. Add the noodles to the crockpot after draining. Mix in sour cream, cheddar cheese soup, salt, pepper, milk and mustard (sometimes I use, sometimes I don’t). In a skillet, melt butter and shredded cheddar. When completely melted, add it to the crockpot and stir it in. This dish only has to cook for 2-3 hours.
Now, I have preformed the steps a little differently than the original recipe. But trust me, it will work better this way. I have totally omitted the direction where you add eggs to the mixture. It turns out so much better without them.
Also, if you are making for a crowd, you will want to double or triple the recipe. I double when I am serving 20-25 people. I triple when I make this up north camping with my big ole family, as there are usually about 30-35 of us.
This macaroni dish is a hit. The sharp cheddar gives it a bit of a bite. The sour cream and cheddar cheese soup make it decadent and creammmmmmy. The mix of cheeses makes it appropriate for all ages (although I do sometimes sneak in some gruyere cheese once in a while, just to elevate the taste a bit).