A good deal of getting our kiddos to eat what we eat involves compromise. If I’m going to introduce something new during dinner, I try to make sure it’s accompanied by something familiar, something I know my kids will enjoy. Mac n cheese is one of our “go to” side dishes. If my daughter could choose just one thing to eat for the rest of her life, macaroni and cheese would be it. It’s a safe bet for almost every family I know.
Now, you can go with the brand-name or even generic boxed standbys and be just fine. If you do go this route, please try doctoring up your boxed macaroni and cheese by following the last 2 steps in the recipe below. This basically involves adding a handful of small cubes of cheddar cheese and a heaping spoonful or two of sour cream. These 2 small steps take ordinary mac n cheese and elevate it into something flavorful that the grownups will enjoy as much as the kids.
If you’re like us and prefer the taste and peace of mind that comes from the wholesome, made-from-scratch variety, give this homemade mac n cheese recipe a try. It’s not as hard (or as heavy) as you might think.
Just like I mentioned in the post on how to make the best grilled cheese sandwich, making delicious Macaroni and Cheese from scratch involves using more than just one kind of cheese. The variety of cheese (in my opinion) can differ, so long as all the cheese you use is flavorful. Think about it this way: the more flavor the cheese has, the less you have to use. The less cheese you use, the healthier this dish becomes! In this recipe, I used extra sharp cheddar, parmesan, and gruyere. I almost always shred the cheese on a box grater just before using it. I can’t help but feeling that pre-shredded cheese is dry and inferior. If that’s all you have, by all means, give it a try. Please be adventurous and try a variety of cheeses to find the combination your family likes best. I would love for you to share your favorites in the comments below!