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Apr 26, 2010 11:03 AM

Who uses ketchup on home-made Mac & Cheese?

Subject line pretty much says it all, But I'm also curious about demographics.

Where in the USA (which is all I can speak to from experience) do people put ketchup onto home-made Mac & Cheese? I know many people who do it, my family included. And I know many other people who seem to regard the idea as one step short of insanity.

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  1. I'm from the NE and I've put ketchup on mac n cheese every since I can remember. But growing up, man n cheese came from a box, so the ketchup served to add zip and flavor in a similar fashion to using A-1 on steaks when growing up as they were always well done and had the flavor cooked right out of them!
    Now that I enjoy cooking a great deal, and appreciate making dishes myself over most foods that come in a box or can, I make mac n cheese with a blend of cheeses that my palate enjoys (fontina, gruyere, gorgonzozla etc) without the need for ketchup. Not to mention the cost of doing it right!
    Having said that, I still keep Eating Right mac n cheese in my freezer for times when I'm in a pinch, and yes, it gets a good squirt of ketchup and maybe a sprinkle of parm.
    It will be interesting to see other responses, as I've had people look at me like I have 2 heads when they see me put ketchup on mac n cheese.
    Prepared frozen mac n cheese or boxed= ketchup
    "Gourmet" and homemade with a blend of $$ cheeses-no way ;-)

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    1. re: monavano

      I'm also from New England, but I'm 100% on the opposite side. I've never seen or heard of this being done, and, frankly, it repulses me. I'm not huge on ketchup to begin with, though, so that certainly influences my decision.

        1. re: monavano

          I said it repulses "me", not that it's repulsive. You like what you like.

          I misread the North East/New England bit.

    2. Live in west Texas and there's no way in hell I'd put ketchup on any kind of mac n' cheese. And I'm not aware of any of my compatriots manufacturing said culinary abomination, either. ;)

      1. This Canadian girl does. Maritimes, yeh yeh!

        1. If I'm served what I call "fancy" mac & cheese that has (what looks like) scrambled eggs in it, I use ketchup if available.

          1. DH & i both grew up in NY.
            the first time i saw him squirt ketchup on the Kraft stuff, i was horrified yet fascinated. since then i've come over to the dark side, although we have at least graduated to Annie's.
            however, i do occasionally make m&c from scratch, and he still puts ketchup on that, but not without first asking if i mind.