Susan’s Chunkie Style Farmhouse Macaroni and Cheese
Now, I am going to share with you today a recipe that I made up. It is great for using up a lot of milk (if you make the farm house cheese yourself) and eggs. It is my most requested side dish to bring to any event. My dad and father-in-law look forward to it every thanksgiving and people crave it and ask me to make it. My son William asks me to make it all the time and eats it with Ketchup on it??? I have only ever given the recipe out to a handful of people. But today will share it with you all. Now before we get started, I must say that we eat pretty healthy around here. BUT this is not a healthy recipe at all. It is for holidays and special occasions. We do eat it about once a month or so. So if you eat it more often don’t come crying to me about your cholesterol. ;)
Susan’s Chunkie style Farmhouse Macaroni and Cheese. (this is to feed my huge family, cut it in half or fourths for a smaller family)
Farmhouse cheese (made from 2 gallons of whole goat milk)(or, if you must, use store bought ricotta)
2 tsp salt
1cup milk (less if you use store bought ricotta, it is wetter)
½ cup Parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 pounds cooked elbow macaroni
6 cups of shredded cheddar (or favorite shredded cheese blend)
In a very large mixing bowl place your freshly made farmhouse cheese that has been strained for about 20 minutes. (or plop in your ricotta from the store :) )
The cheese will be kinda stuck together and dryish after straining. Take a larger fork and start to cut it up into chunks and then take the fork and turn it flat to smush the curds thru the prongs to break it up even more.
Once broken up well, sprinkle your salt onto it while working it in well. (This begins the tasting stage as you have got to get this cheese "mixture base" tasting the way you want it before you put the eggs in. AS once the eggs are in there, is no more tasting till baked!) So sprinkle in the salt and work it in till it taste right. I use about 2 tsp for this large a batch.
Spread the warm macaroni and cheese into as many casserole dishes at it will fill. Then sprinkle shredded Mozzarella on the top of it. As thick as you like it.
I pray it all goes well for you and I hope I didn't forget anything!! Let me know if you try it and how you liked our secret family recipe!
1 Corinthians 10:31 - Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.