Beer mac!

October 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm (Uncategorized)

I got a little creative the other day with some mac and cheese and it was fabulous!

  • 4 cups uncooked elbow noodles
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2-1 onion diced, use as much as you like
  • Minced garlic, again adjust to your preference
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1-2 cups hefeweizen (once again, totally adjustable to your taste)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 cups shredded cheese (I used a mixture of whatever was on hand, mostly cheddar)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra shredded cheese and breadcrumbs for garnish if you want

1.  Boil noodles until al dente, set aside.

2. While the noodles are cooking, melt butter in a medium size pot over medium high heat.  Once it’s melted, throw in your onions, garlic and thyme.  Stir frequently.

3. When the onions are softened (but not fully cooked), add your beer to the pot.  If you’re on a gas stove, you may want to move the pot off the heat first to avoid a dramatic, but not usually dangerous, flambe!  Continue cooking until the hefeweizen is almost gone.  It will gradually evaporate; don’t worry, the alcohol cooks out.

4. Add your milk.  Don’t let it boil, but do let it get warm.  Stir often.  Very gradually, add your cheese.  Do just a little at a time (maybe a cup or so) and wait until it’s melted in before adding more.

5. Once all your cheese is in, add a little salt and pepper to taste and mix with the cooked noodles.  You can eat it just like this, but I like to bake it.  Sometimes for fun, I’ll bake it in muffin tins (very well greased).  Everybody in my house likes the edges, so baking in muffin tins makes every piece and edge piece!  Garnish the mac and cheese with a little extra shredded cheese and some breadcrumbs before baking for a nice crust on top.  I usually bake it for 30 minutes at 350.

6. Enjoy!

I really wish I had a little deep fryer.  I so want to try baking these in muffin tins, cooling them and popping them out.  Then, I want to pop them in the fryer for a crispiness on the outside.  I sounds magical!  If somebody tries this, please let me know how it is!


1 Comment

  1. Mom said,

    PS, this makes a pretty big batch. Mac and cheese never goes to waste in our house, so I like to make a lot.

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