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Baked Mac & Cheese

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week and gobbled til they wobbled! Today, I will be sharing my recipe on baked mac and cheese which I indeed made for last weeks holiday. You can actually even call this a one pot wonder. It takes no time at all, easy to bake, and so delicious to eat for a large gathering or even great for leftovers. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 3 blocks (8 ounces each) sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pounds elbow macaroni
  • 4 or 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente and drain then set aside.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, cut the cheddar into small cubes.FullSizeRender-17.jpg
  4. Melt the butter in a large skillet, over low heat. Add the cubed cheddar and melt until creamy, stirring constantly. This will take about 10 minutes.FullSizeRender-20.jpgFullSizeRender-21.jpg
  5. Add the egg and stir until egg is mixed into the cheese.
  6. Add pasta to skillet and stir until combined. Stir in the milk and cream cheese, until cream cheese has melted into the pasta.FullSizeRender-18.jpg
  7. Add half of the pasta mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and top with some bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-24.jpg
  8. Add the remaining half of the pasta, followed by more bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-23.jpg
  9. Bake for 35 minutes and then broil on low for 5 minutes.
  10. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-29.jpgFullSizeRender-27.jpgFullSizeRender-26.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 8 people.
  • Melting the cheddar requires a lot of arm strength and patience. Don’t worry- this recipe is totally worth it!
  • You can add whichever cream cheese flavor- I added jalapeño.
  • You can even top with onions, bacon, mushrooms, etc!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Apple Pie Bread

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! I hope everyone (and their stomachs) are ready for round 1 of the holidays. Today, I will be sharing Apple Pie Bread. I don’t know whats better than having something that tastes like Apple Pie but literally takes no time at all. This is great for the upcoming awaited Thanksgiving dinner. It can be served alongside the main course or as dessert. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour
  • Pinch of Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 cup of Milk (you might need a bit more if the mixture is too thick)
  • Dash of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Medium Apples

Directions:

1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with some non-stick spray and set aside.

2) In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, vanilla extract, butter, and eggs.FullSizeRender-2.jpg

3) Add the milk, salt, baking powder, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg until it forms a batter.FullSizeRender-3.jpg

4) Dice the apples into small bite sized cubes.FullSizeRender-1.jpg

5) Pour half of the batter in your prepared pan, then spoon half of the apples (push them in the batter a bit) followed by the remaining batter. Top the remaining apples.FullSizeRender-4.jpgFullSizeRender-6.jpgFullSizeRender-5.jpg

6) Bake for about 50 minutes to an hour. Let cool

7) Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-10.jpgFullSizeRender-12.jpgFullSizeRender-11.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 5 people.
  • When dicing the apples, you can add apple butter to give it an extra flavor. If you do this, be sure to skip the cinnamon and nutmeg as apple butter is already very flavorful.
  • You can add a buttery strudel topping before baking it. Just dice some butter with two forks and brown sugar. Top over the topped apples and then pop it into the oven.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz