Ahh, yes. The beloved comfort side dish: mac and cheese. Serve it as a meal in itself or to compliment food served and kids / adults alike will love you forever and ever. Beauty comes in various forms with this decedent feast: baked, boxed, spiral or elbow noodles, homemade, easyMAC, and so much more. You know you have a certain favorite! The Romanski Group even agrees that at get-together holiday events, the Mac and cheese can’t be made by just anyone. There needs to be a track record of their knowledge before they’re the designated maker. Fortunately, there are a few corporate Mac and Cheese professionals out there who make it a breeze for us to deliver deliciousness to our families. Additionally, they celebrate National Mac and Cheese Day by gifting you and yours something extra! Here are a couple fun facts about Mac and Cheese, a cheesy recipe and a few businesses to watch on July 14th to see how they’ll deliver!
History of Mac and Cheese
According to a Smithsonian Magazine article, Mac and Cheese first came onto the scene to fulfill need for the, “cheapest protein possible.. At times, cheese itself has shared a similar trajectory. Cheesemaking, which began [long] ago, was originally about survival for a farm family or community: taking a very perishable protein (milk) and transforming it into something less perishable (cheese) so that there would be something to eat at a later date. Many of us today think of cheese in the context of tradition, flavor, or saving family farms, but a basic goal—whether a producer is making farm-made cheddar or concocting the cheeseless dairy product Velveeta—has always been getting as much edible food from a gallon of milk as possible… The first cheese factory in the U.S. was built in 1851, making cheddar one of the first foods affected by the Industrial Revolution. Before that, all cheese made in the United States was made on a farm, usually by the farm wife or—on prosperous farms—a cheese maid or an enslaved woman…Processed cheese, which was invented 107 years ago, is basically cheese that is emulsified and cooked, rendering it much less perishable (but also no longer a ‘living food’ because, unlike natural cheese, processed cheese’s flavor will no longer alter with age). The advent of processed cheese has led over the years to innovations like Kraft Singles, Easy Cheese, powdered ‘sauce’ for boxed mac and cheese, and Velveeta—a type of processed cheese when it was invented in 1918, and now a dairy-based processed food, with 22 ingredients, that is no longer regulated as a cheese… This is the conundrum and beauty of mac and cheese. It is one person’s survival food, another person’s staple main course, and yet another person’s food of culture and celebration.”
Tips for the Best Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese
(source: momontimeout.com blog)
- Use block cheese and shred, do not buy the pre-shredded cheese. The pre-shredded cheese is great for so many things but not macaroni and cheese. It’s coated and won’t melt properly. You need to shred it yourself for the best result.
- Cook your pasta to slightly less than al dente, about one minute shy is perfect. The reason is that this is baked mac and cheese so the pasta will continue to cook in the homemade cheese sauce in the oven. You don’t want soggy macaroni.
- I used elbow pasta but really, any tubular past will work.
- This mac and cheese recipe starts with a roux. The roux is super important to getting the creamiest cheese sauce of your life. Here is what you need to look for:
- The roux (equal parts butter and flour) is whisked together until bubbly and golden.
- Whisk in cold milk – not warm – to prevent the flour from clumping.
- Cook the roux until you see bubbles on the surface and then continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes before adding the cheese.
Check out this recipe from momontimeout.com to make an outrageously cheesy, ultra creamy, and topped with a crunchy Panko-Parmesan topping.
Photo source: https://www.momontimeout.com/best-homemade-baked-mac-and-cheese-recipe/
Businesses who Celebrate National Mac N Cheese Day or just do it up right!
DT Kirby’s: Be sure to check out that MAC ‘N NAP burger served on a pretzel bun!
BRU Burger Bar: Run, don’t walk to taste the yumminess of this dish that has andouille sausage, shrimp, cavatappi pasta and spicy cheese sauce!
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