Sunday, August 15, 2010

Diner Mac & Cheese

This macaroni & cheese recipe came to life after watching an episode of Diner, Drive In's & Dives.  Of course, this is my favorite comfort food in the world.  But what makes this recipe so special is how it reminds me of the kind of mac & cheese that you would find in a diner or cafeteria.  Southern diner food has got to be some of the best stuff EVER eaten.  Your family will flock to the table, when they hear this is what's for dinner.  It has loads of sharp cheddar & gruyère cheese that strings out over your plate, as its being served.  What more could you ask for?!!   

2 cups uncooked elbow noodles (approx 8 oz)
1/2 stick melted butter
1 12 fl oz can evap milk
2 eggs
1 cup of grated Gruyère Cheese (all in)
8 oz of sharp cheddar (3/4 in & 1/4 on top)
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon White Pepper
Smoked Paprika on top
Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

Bring water to a boil over high heat & add salt (be sure it tastes like the ocean). Add pasta, cook until al dente, according to package direction. Drain.

Spray an 8x8 baking dish, coated with nonstick spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk mix together eggs & evaporated milk for several minutes. Then add melted butter, onion powder and salt and pepper, to taste. Add the pasta & stir in all the Gruyère & 3/4 sharp cheddar cheese (reserving 1/4 to add to the top) & then pour entire mixture in the baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and dust with smoked paprika.

Bake until the cheese is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Serve & enjoy!

Serves 4-6

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