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Midwood Smokehouse’s Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Show off your cooking skills to friends and family with this easy-to-make local Charlotte favorite.
Charlotte Flavor Midwood Smokehouse
Charlotte Flavor Midwood Smokehouse

Ingredients

  • 1 pound corkscrew pasta
  • 3 1/3 quarts water
  • 6 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 1/4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 1/2 cups shredded yellow cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded yellow American cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Pinch grated whole nutmeg

 

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • In large stock pot, add water and 5 tablespoons kosher salt and bring to boil.
  • Add pasta and stir.
  • Cook 3 1/2 minutes. Pasta should still be crunchy.
  • Drain pasta and cool on sheet pan in refrigerator.
  • To make a roux, start by adding butter to large sauce pan over medium-low heat.
  • When butter melts and turns frothy, stir in small amounts of flour portion slowly. Use wooden spoon or whisk.
  • Continue stirring flour into butter until thick paste forms. Cook couple of minutes until raw flour taste disappears, leaving nutty fragrance and light golden color on roux.
  • Add 1/3 tablespoon kosher salt, cayenne, nutmeg, paprika and white pepper to roux. Whisk constantly, cooking 1-2 minutes.
  • Add milk and cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until sauce thickens.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 5-10 minutes until sauce is thick, but not boiling.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in American cheese and 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, melting thoroughly.
  • Mix pasta, 2/3 tablespoons salt, and cheese sauce in bowl. Stir well to coat pasta.
  • Place in glass or metal casserole dish and top evenly with remaining shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Bake at 300 degrees 25 minutes.
  • Change oven setting to broil and place on high.
  • Place casserole dish on top rack of oven, broiling until top is golden brown.

WANNA GO?

Midwood Smokehouse
1401 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
704.295.4227
midwoodsmokehouse.com

This article ran in the November 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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