Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Comfort food slightly lightened up
--Ham and Macaroni Au Gratin
Ham and Macaroni Au Gratin
Holiday Inn International Cook Book Copyright 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1972
Blend 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons flour. Add 2 cups milk gradually and stir until smooth and thick. Add 2 cups cooked macaroni and 1 cup cooked cubed ham. Season to taste. Add ½ cup grated cheese and simmer a few minutes. Place in buttered casserole and sprinkle with ½ cup grated cheese. Bake in 400 degree oven until brown and bubbly.
I picked up some cubed ham marked down to under $2. Whenever I find a good deal these days it's usually some form of pork. I wonder why.
I tried to lighten this up a bit and used reduced fat milk, 2% cheese and Dreamfield macaroni. I doubled the recipe and used the entire box of macaroni. There was plenty leftover but I stuck a few servings in the freezer for those weekend evenings when I don't feel like cooking.
This isn't really very different that my basic mac and cheese recipe with ham added. Definitely comfort food.
Blast From The Past: Skillet Chicken Parmigiana from May 2007. My mom made a version of chicken parmigiana this weekend. That's one dish that always hits the spot.
Question of the Day: Do you like to add anything extra to macaroni and cheese?