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Jan 24, 2008 06:42 AM

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

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).

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  1. 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

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

    2. Deep fry it into bites once it cools and hardens.

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      1. re: chowser

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

        1. re: SLO

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

          1. re: dolores

            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

              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

              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

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

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            1. 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. 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

                  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

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

                    your recipe however sounds fantastic!