So . . . Tommy requested this for his birthday dinner this year, just like last year, and thinking it might be quicker and easier to just look up the recipe on my blog rather than fishing through the recipe box I used that handy dandy “Search” box up there at the top under the header to locate the recipe quick as pie. Only one problem . . . it wasn’t there. I did find reference to it in Tommy’s birthday post from last year, saying that he had asked for it for his birthday dinner, and I even mentioned that I would be posting the recipe soon, but no recipe anywhere to be found. I had to wade through the recipe box after all, but it is one of the few recipes written on a green note card, so it didn’t take me very long to pull it out.
So . . . for those of you who have been waiting on the edge of your seat since last March for the much-anticipated recipe, the day has finally arrived. I don’t know where I got this recipe originally, but I’ve been using it for years to the delight of my children.
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup flour
4 cups milk
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
24 oz. pkg elbow macaroni noodles
2 cups Ritz crackers
One of the first things you want to do is grab one of your kiddos to be the “cracker smasher” – they love this job and are always happy to volunteer! Put the Ritz crackers in a large ziploc baggie and have them go at it with your rolling pin – so much fun! -
Meanwhile, put some water on to boil in a large pot, adding the macaroni noodles when ready and cooking until tender -
Melt one stick of butter in another large pan over medium-high heat -
Blend in flour. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and begins to boil. Cook and stir one minute -
Stir in cheese until melted -
Combine the cooked, drained macaroni and the cheese sauce in a buttered 13 x 9 pan -
Melt the remaining stick of butter in medium bowl, and then stir in the cracker crumbs that your helper crushed up for you. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over casserole -
Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until hot -
Tommy requested his macaroni and cheese to be served with green beans and Strawberries and Cream Dessert Squares. It was quite yummy (and made for a beautiful picture too! ) -
So, now you finally have it. You can go back to whatever you were doing last year when you put your life on hold waiting for the no-show macaroni and cheese recipe!
I’ll be back soon -I really mean it this time!