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Alas, I've over cooked my mac and cheese .....

SLO Jan 24, 2008 06:42 AM

Any ideas for a "rescue" for what would have been a delicious mac and cheese had it not been over cooked?

Maybe a spoonful in some French Onion soup?

As embarrassed as I am about this tragedy, I would welcome any ideas (I've already thought of the garbage, but though I'd post here before I actually toss it).

  1. im_nomad Jan 25, 2008 03:06 PM

    i have seen mac and cheese "bites" in restaurants that are basically triangles of deep fried macaroni and cheese. Rotten in fat no doubt, and repulsive to many...but i loved them.

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    1. re: im_nomad
      Alice Letseat Jan 25, 2008 03:27 PM

      Yikes - fried! I just finished making mac'n'cheese bites in mini-muffin tins....cheddar, caramelized onions+cheddar and fontina, parmesan in the bottom of the cups.... - which were baked!

      1. re: Alice Letseat
        im_nomad Jan 25, 2008 03:54 PM

        yes...which is why i've had them like maybe three times in my life....and share them.

        your recipe however sounds fantastic!

    2. LAcupcake Jan 24, 2008 02:51 PM

      I know a family that serves mac and cheese with stewed tomatoes (home made) poured over the top of each serving. That would probably be a good way to hide the over done factor without upping the fat and calories.

      1. MsDiPesto Jan 24, 2008 10:20 AM

        I've pan fried it, throw a little truffle oil over....yum!

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        1. re: MsDiPesto
          dolores Jan 24, 2008 10:25 AM

          It sounds yummy.


        2. chowser Jan 24, 2008 09:12 AM

          Deep fry it into bites once it cools and hardens.

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          1. re: chowser
            SLO Jan 24, 2008 09:42 AM

            OMG.... That sounds amazing, I may just have to throw all caution to the wind (and New Years resolutions as well)!

            1. re: SLO
              dolores Jan 24, 2008 09:46 AM

              I think Alton Brown 'deliberately' makes Mac and Cheese toast!

              1. re: dolores
                alexajord Jan 24, 2008 10:09 AM

                I never tried frying my mac and cheese (it falls under list of things I just don't want to start to love) but I fall guilty of overbaking so it's crusty (I love the Bahamian style with hot peppers and celery, baked to a cake-like consistency with nearly burnt top/edges).

                I don't know what the mac and cheese toast is, but I do cut it into thick-bread-type slices, put some additional cheese on top of it and stick it under the broiler - cheesetoast like.

                1. re: dolores
                  Kelli2006 Jan 24, 2008 10:15 AM

                  I saw that episode and I would love to try that sometime.

                  My cholesterol is very high and I hate the cleanup, but that looked like it might be a amazing side to a bowl of soup on a cold winter evening.

                  Can you make a Mornay sauce and serve it over the mac and cheese? I too prefer it drier and crunchy, but I know that my tastes tend to be the exception.

                2. re: SLO
                  chowser Jan 24, 2008 10:59 AM

                  Yeah, as I thought about it, the fried mac and cheese bites I've had aren't cheesy enough. If I were to do it, I'd probably take a chunk of mozzarella cheese, wrap it in the mac and cheese in a ball, dip in egg and then seasoned crumbs before frying.

                  1. re: chowser
                    Kelli2006 Jan 24, 2008 02:39 PM

                    That sounds amazing, but I can feel my heart straining I type this reply. I be those would be good with a Dijon dipping sauce.

              2. paulj Jan 24, 2008 07:52 AM

                You need to describe your mac and cheese more. If you are talking about a stove top version, overcooked may mean that the pasta is soft and mushy. If baked, it may be dry and crusty.

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                1. re: paulj
                  SLO Jan 24, 2008 09:42 AM

                  It was the NY time recipe (with cottage cheese) and it's dry and crusty ... Love the crusty part ....

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