Today called for comfort food. You know the kind of day, where your alarm is set for 11:00 a.m. (yes, 11:00!) and you wake up at 8:00 a.m.. You can’t get back to sleep because your fiancé is lying next to you snoring and your dog is pressed into your back because he thinks he’s entitled to a spot at the head of the bed; so you get up, walk over to the window to see if the day will have a better greeting, and you see piles among piles of snow (the hoar frost made it a little bit more bearable – but not much more).
Long story short, I puttered downstairs still half asleep, my tummy grumbling, and decided I’d make an old classic: mac n’ cheese! Every time I say mac n’ cheese I think of Joey from Friends with a little robot – anyone else?
My fiancé and I had made a deal a couple of years ago that we would never eat Kraft dinner again. I think it was after we saw something (probably on Facebook) about how awful KD is for you, because of all the chemicals, etc. etc., and that you’d probably be better off eating a piece of plastic fruit (another Joey from Friends reference – can you tell I’m obsessed?) Anyway, usually when we make food pacts it goes a little something like this:
6:30 p.m: “Oh wow! Look at this article – it says McDonalds is bad for you?! Let’s never eat there again!!”
“YOU DIDN’T TAKE OUT THE CHICKEN?! WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO FOR SUPPER? AGAIN?!”
6:31 p.m: “Just get me a Big Mac.”
ANYWAY, this time we stuck to our pact. We didn’t eat KD for over 2 years. Even in the grocery store, we’d walk by it and not even bat an eye – we were champions. Hero’s, really. We’d stroll up to the checkout thinking ‘we didn’t buy the KD, where’s our medal?’
Did I say long story short up there somewhere? I guess I meant long story long! 🙂 Yeah, we’re almost done.
So fast forward 2 years later to today, we were in the store and I mentioned we should try it again, just ONE more time to see if we severely miss it or if it was as gross as we remember, so we bought a box. Actually two boxes, because my fiancé can eat a box and a half to himself, probably even both boxes, but he saves a little for me, so sweet. (L)
So today was the day! With a grumbly tummy, I walked into our pantry and saw the little blue and yellow boxes staring at me, almost glowing, so I thought ‘why not make KD for lunch at 10:30 a.m., it’s a day off, I can treat myself.’ I grabbed the box and got busy! I pulled out the basics – butter, salt, pepper and milk – NO MILK?! BUT I’M ALREADY BOILING THE DARN WATER! I HAVE ALREADY OPENED THE BOXES! Little macaroni noodles longing to be eaten! ‘I have to make this work!’
I searched my fridge, determined for any type of dairy product that could potentially work. Cream? None. Caesar salad dressing? Nope. Cottage cheese? NOPE. Ranch? Maybe!? But not this time. Then I saw it, sitting in the back of the fridge was my lonely little tub of sour cream. ‘Hey, why not! If it doesn’t work out we can always get McDonalds’ 😉
I felt so unique “I bet no one in the history of the world has ever used sour cream in their KD before – I’m a genius – I wonder how else can I make this basic meal super classy?” – the epitome of class being sour cream, apparently. So I started pulling stuff from my fridge – green onions, garlic (always – I’ll put garlic on anything), a huge Costco block of cheese? Sure! I tossed all my ingredients together, threw it in the oven and 20 minutes later – voila! Some yummy mac n’ cheese!
I will say this, I expected to take one bite of this crap and spit it right out – but it was actually really delightful! My fiancé even asked me if I had been preparing it all morning! (Yeah, I’ve been up since 6:00 a.m., I even made the noodles from scratch, sweetie!)
So here it is, at the end of my long story long, a twist on boring old KD! 🙂
- 1-2 boxes Kraft Dinner (I bought ‘extra creamy’ due to my KD monster eating financé, which I’ve been told by my KD eating support group is a big no-no, but since I ended up with no milk, it was probably a good thing).
- 3 cheese packets
- 3 tbsp butter or margarine
- 3 tbsp sour cream
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
- 2 cups shredded marble cheese
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese (optional)
Boil Kraft Dinner according to package directions. Add cheese packets, butter, sour cream, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir until combined. Add green onion and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Mix. Place ingredients in oven safe casserole dish. Top macaroni with remaining cheese, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese (optional). Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes and then broil until the top layer of cheese is melted and the bread crumbs start to brown.
Serve immediately. Serves 4.