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Turkey, mashed potatoes, Mac & cheese, is that not the four food groups?
For the record, I spent the first half of my life up north and M&C was a staple for Thanksgiving.
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I'm from generations of Southerners, and mac and cheese has never been on the Thanksgiving menu. I certainly wouldn't object to it, though.
My paternal grandmother always called it macaroni pie. The version we make has a firmer texture than the runny stuff that comes out of a box.
It was always on the Thanksgiving menu growing up in Alabama.
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There are two distinct styles of mac & cheese and the one is more of a firm casserole and is more custardy and the recipe often uses eggs. The other is more creamy/wet/saucy and often just a cheese sauce mixed with cooked macaroni and heated in a dish.
I prefer the wet/saucy version although I grew up eating the firm kind.
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Sooo... For those of us who haven't added this to the menu before, but are willing to become fat(ter):
What's a solid mac and cheese recipe?
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My wife's nephew makes Mac and Cheese in a Crock Pot every Thanksgiving . I'm not a huge fan of Mac and Cheese myself but everybody else raves about it .
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I based mine off of this, I add more cheese( colby jack), more sour cream, more butter and milk
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I would suggest searching:
PRESIDENT REAGAN'S FAVORITE MACARONI AND CHEESE
on Google. The Food.com recipe is good. I like to use some good white cheddar but the recipe is good as is.
And besides all that you get to enjoy a dish that an American Icon enjoyed!
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Never had mac n'cheese for Thanksgiving, not opposed to it but, there's many other sides that would take precedence.
If I had to do one or, a request was made, I'd make Anthony Bourdain's version, the 4-cheeses, the umami bomb with Worcestershire and the porky goodness of the ham make it my favorite recipe.
Really surprised that mac and cheese isn't considered a Thanksgiving staple.
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One starchy side for TG? Growing up in the Upper Midwest, I think the only sides that weren't starchy were the green been casserole and cranberry sauce. Everything else was starchy - stuffing, mashed tators, sweet potato casserole, Hawaiian roles, cheesy potato casserole, feathered corn (spicy cream cheese, pepper, and corn recipe), etc. I don't recall mac & cheese.
Mac & cheese was pretty common TG side the 3 years I lived in SoCal and the 12+ years I've lived in Texas.
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I believe, based on the Family's traditions that any dish can be served when the Family comes together to give thanks ~ Be it Thanksgiving, another holiday, or any Family gathering.
For me, it is not a matter of when it can be served but do I make a kid friendly or adult version of Mac & Cheese ~ sometimes it's both.
My adult version replaces elbow pasta with fresh tortelloni or tortellini pasta, which is stuffed with meat, cheese, or veggie.
Below is my "Adult" Truffle Mac & Cheese. It's a modified version of the Mac & Cheese served by Smith & Wollensky steak house. In addition to using stuffed pasta, I changed from Black to White truffle oil and reduced the amount, I also replaced Black truffles with fresh mushrooms to make it less expensive. To be honest, the original version was over-powered with truffles for my tastes.
Truffled Macaroni & Cheese
Yields 12 side portions in two 13x9x2 casserole dishes
The modified Smith & Wollensky recipe uses fresh tortelloni/tortellini in place of ditalini pasta, mushrooms in place of black truffles, and less truffle oil then the original recipe.
2 cups shallots, chopped
1/2 cup garlic, chopped
1 bottle CA Chardonnay wine (any oaky chardonnay works well.)
1 qt. heavy cream
3 1/2 cups half and half
2 tsp. black pepper
3 small cubes chicken bouillon
5 oz. Stella brand Parmesan Cheese Wedges, grated
8 oz. Dofino Jalapeno Havarti or Maple Leaf jalapeno jack cheese, grated
(after 30 minutes in freezer, soft cheese is easier to grate)
7 oz. KerryGold (from Ireland) aged white cheddar cheese, grated
8 9oz. packages of fresh Buitoni tortelloni/tortellini pasta. (any combination of meat, cheese, or vegetable pasta can be used.)
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped - Chanterelle, Porcini, Crimini/Portabella/Portobello or what fresh are available.
1/2 cup white truffle oil - black truffle oil is too strong
1 cup Japanese bread crumbs (panko)
1/2 cup white truffle oil – will use less than called for, just enough to moisten the panko
1/2 cup halved mushrooms – cut in a way you can tell they are mushrooms
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Options - When all cheeses have melted, blend mixture using a submersion stick or tabletop blender to create a silky-smooth texture then bring mixture back to a simmer. You can blend before or after adding mushrooms. This decision depends on if you want chunky mushrooms with the pasta or just a smooth sauce. More mushrooms will be in the topping for presentation. Personally, I like mushrooms and prefer to blend mixture before adding the mushrooms.
Optional - It’s recommended you prepare the dish to this point the day before serving. This will give pasta and sauce time to incorporate, which enhances the flavor. If you are serving tomorrow, refrigerate until one hour before baking.
The M+C served by my rural relatives always had ham diced very small mixed into it.
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If I didn't have Mac & Cheese, my youngest son would be devastated. Although he (we I guess though I've lived many places) is a Tacoma Wa boy, his aunt is from SC and she has instilled the tradition strongly, as well as my mother, who while not being from the south knew it was his favorite and lavished it on him at holidays. It doesn't hurt that 50% of the time it's his declared "favorite food" when asked. I, of course, make it homemade.
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Malcolm Reed's smoked Mac and Cheese is pretty good. I'm sure it would be really good baked in the oven as well if you didn't want to take the time to smoke it.
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I like most all of the TGD sides except the green bean thing. I'll eat a few bits if some one (daughters) brought it. Which brings me to my complaint. When we gather, the kids have learned early on that you don't show up empty handed. So we land up with so many sides and desserts we run out of counter space. Then if I've got to carve a turkey, I get one square foot to negotiate this unruly beast. We don't have M&C But I do like it more than other sides (corn bread) so if someone brought that it would be okay.
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You're absolutely right.
I always thought of them as either 'baked' in the oven or 'stovetop' styles.
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Yep, home-made mac-n-cheese will be served tomorrow for XGiving, a bona fide major side dish. Don't eat too much though unless you're a big dude, I prefer to leave room for ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry stuff.
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A new in-law (newly wedded wife of a cousin-in-law) from the south arrived with mac n cheese to a family thanksgiving meal. Someone announced with pride it's a special mac n' cheese. I asked in a loud voice, "Was it made with special ingredients? Wait! Let me guess. Macaroni... and cheese?"
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