Mac and cheese is company worthy

  • By Judyrae Kruse Herald Columnist
  • Thursday, November 1, 2007 11:53am
  • Life

Wondering what to fix for dinner tonight? Tomorrow night? Something for supper on Sunday?

Here it is, thanks to Snohomish cook and longtime Forum helper-outer Michael Koznek, who tells us, “The recent SOS brought this recipe to mind. It’s not the standard macaroni and cheese, but a delicious something different.”

In essence, what we have here is a hearty dish that’s not only designed to please the family, but one that also qualifies as fine fare for company.

Just one word of caution before you begin.

Michael says, “It is important to get a good brown on the sausage.”

With that in mind, we’re all set to try:

German macaroni and cheese

1pound ring sausage (Polish preferred), sliced in 1/2-inch rounds

1tablespoon olive oil

2cups coarsely chopped onions

3tablespoons margarine

3tablespoons flour

1cup milk

1cup chicken broth

2tablespoons spicy German mustard

1/2teaspoon thyme

1teaspoon caraway seed

1tablespoon brown sugar

1/2teaspoon salt

1/4teaspoon pepper

8ounces elbow macaroni, cooked al dente, drained well

2-3tablespoons margarine, melted

3/4cup dry bread crumbs

3cups shredded Swiss cheese, divided

In large skillet, brown the sausage slices in oil until well browned; drain and set aside. In a medium saucepan, saute the onions in margarine until limp and golden. Stir in the flour and cook 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk and chicken broth and cook until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the mustard, thyme, caraway seed, brown sugar, salt, pepper and macaroni. In a small bowl, mix together the melted margarine and dry bread crumbs.

To assemble, spoon half of the macaroni mixture into a buttered, shallow 3-quart baking dish. Layer half of the browned sausage slices and half of the cheese on top. Repeat layers, then top with the buttered bread crumbs. Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 375-degree oven for 30 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.

RSVP: Thanksgiving is only a hop and skip away now, coming up fast. So, if you have a new or old favorite to share (or, ugh, shudder, have lost a special recipe) for this wonderful annual feast, there’s not a moment to lose.

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