Grilled Pork Chops and Nigella's Mac and Cheese

I found two pretty pork chops in the freezer when cleaning it out. Doug grilled and nicely crosshatched the chops; they were tender.

To get Nigella’s mark on things I made her quicky mac and cheese that did not measure up to my homemade version. I make good mac and cheese. If there is one thing that I can do well, it’s gotta be macaroni and cheese. So I will make that at the end of the month. But in the meantime, to cross off another in the Nigella Express book, turn to page 179, the Instant Calmer Section.

You'll need the following:

8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated

8 ounces evaporated milk

2 eggs, beaten soundly

Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Cook the macaroni according to box directions and drain well.

Grate cheddar cheese. Mix in the beaten eggs and condensed milk. The recipe calls for you to toss this in a blender but if you would rather, hand mix it well. I chose to hand mix.

Now place macaroni in a baking dish and pour the cheese milk mixture over it. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.

It came out a bit runny. I won’t make it again. The cheese was still clumped up and covered the noodles but some of the milky mixture swan out o the plate. If you have someone who does not like food to touch....…then this is problematic. Just wait until you see my mac and cheese! It’s so thick and creamy and golden brown on the top.

Serve it with salad and bread.....mmmmmmmmm...I Love bread.

For dessert – there was a tiny bit of Breyers coffee ice cream (not enough for a serving) and a about a cup of strawberries. Tip the ice cream in the blender, add strawberries, one overripe banana, 2 tablespoons honey and about ½ cup milk. Blend and you have fruity-coffee-honey smoothie.

Watched another disk of Buffy.....Nice evening.


Donna-FFW said...

This looks like the perfect dinner but I must say I want the coffee smoothie, yes I want the coffee smoothie.

Van Santos said...

Did you under bake the mac n cheese by any chance? When I make mine, it's usually in the over for 30 mins - maybe 45....

Pierce said...

Donna - the smoothie is worth doing. And I use ingredientsb that are generally onhand. Love the bender. I like your bacony sloppy joe post!

Van - You know, maybe that was the problem. I try and keep it to Nigella's directions. I love mac and cheese.

Van Santos said...

I, too, love a good Mac and Cheese. I really think your problem on this one is under baking. Give it another try but keeping it in the oven for 30.

Now, let me give you another hint here. I have found that baked mac and cheese tastes so much better the day after it came out of the oven. Why? No clue.

What I do is make a batch, refrigerate until the next day, and heat it in in the microwave. Amazing.

Damn! Now I think I need to make some this weekend.

Le laquet said...

I don't do mac and cheese - just 'cause we never have ... does that make any sense? If I'm cooking pasta I'm more likely to do a Bolognaise or puttanesca type sauce.

Van Santos said...

@Le laquet

Nothing wrong with that at all, Bolognaise is a good choice too.

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