Mac and Cheese Appetizers
Twist that classic comfort food, mac and cheese, into a fun party appetizer with these easy recipes. Try mac-and-cheese crostini or start a new rage with mini ramekins of cheesy noodles spiked with ham or lobster.See Popular Mac and Cheese Appetizers Recipes
This updated casserole recipe uses fat-free milk, refrigerated egg product, and reduced-fat cheddar cheese, which lower the calories, fat, and carbs in your meal.
It was finally cold and blustery enough the other evening to build the first, crackling fire of the season in our fireplace. My husband stoked the flames, while I helpfully suggested where to move the logs for maximum flame height and heat distribution. I'm thanking that warm and cozy night for the comfort food kick I've been on lately.
When it comes to down-home cooking, nothing compares to macaroni and cheese, crisp on top with melted cheesy goodness on the inside. This classic recipe for how to make baked mac and cheese is wonderful on its own, but even better with some suggested add-ins.
A fall recipe for a pumpkin mac and cheese casserole, with winter squash, sage, and walnuts.
Hey, mac. When did you go Italian? Easy Italian Mac is definitely not our mom's mac and cheese.
See how to make sassy ham-and-cheese sandwich appetizers.
This recipe is reminiscent of a really good, classic mac & cheese--but the squash adds a load of vitamins and fiber to up your nutritional game.
If your kids are like ours, they could eat mac and cheese every night of the week. As for us, we kind of get a hankering for something a bit, um, fresher, maybe even (gasp!) green.
Deep-fried mac & cheese bites aren't new to the Iowa State Fair -- but they do prove that some items become fair-food classics for a reason. In a nutshell, these things are like crack. They're everything that's good about boxed macaroni and cheese and then some.
So we're always looking for a new twist on everyone's favorite weeknight dinner: the casserole! Sure, we love lasagna; we're mad for mac-and-cheese; and ham-and-noodle -- yum! But if you're hankering for a one-dish dinner that's a little bit different, then you've come to the right place.
Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same without stuffing. Even if you call it "dressing," and no matter if you cook it in the bird or in a casserole dish, or even if prefer it with meat, oysters, or none of the above, we can all agree that warm, flavorful stuffing might be the ultimate comfort food. (Take that mac and cheese!)
Ask our kids to whip up a dish, and you can pretty much count on them ripping open a box of mac and cheese. But that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of other children out there with some serious culinary chops -- at least 54 of them, to be exact, who got to chill with the first lady yesterday at the Kids' State Dinner at the White House. Back in May, we wrote about the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a contest for 8- to 12-year-olds held by Michelle Obama's Let's Move!
When it comes to greatness, like the immortal Sloppy Joe sandwich, the most brilliant American comfort food since mac and cheese, people always fight for the credit. Which is why more than one Joe claims to have created the Sloppy Joe. In Iowa, lore has it that a Sioux City short-order cook attached his name to the restaurant's "loose meat sandwich" and watched things take off from there.
Few foods epitomize luxury and decadence like lobster. You can find recipes for lobster in just about every kind of dish, from lobster lasagna to lobster mac and cheese. But for lobster beginners, it's wise to start with the basics by learning how to boil lobster. Even lobster connoisseurs can appreciate the scrumptious simplicity of boiled lobster. So whether you're just starting to test your culinary claws or you're looking to perfect your tried and true technique, follow this step-by-step guide for how to boil lobster.
Boxed mac and cheese may be a lunchtime staple (at least it was in our house growing up), but for sheer comfort-food bliss, nothing quite compares to homemade. What we love about this recipe is not only how good it is, but how versatile, too. Not only does it make twelve servings (yes, twelve -- which means it's as perfect for big family get-togethers as it is for plenty of yummy leftovers), it's pretty enough for special occasions yet easy enough for weeknight dinners.
There are certain recipes that it seems every parent should know how to make: the perfect grilled cheese (with crusts on or off), a mean mac and cheese, and -- definitely topping the list -- the all-American chocolate chip cookie. No doubt, what Proust's madeleines were to him, the chocolate chip cookie is to a vast number of Americans born this side of World War II. Our hearts go as soft as one of those little semi-sweet morsels just at the aroma of a batch baking in the oven; the first warm and tender bite followed by a gulp of cold milk is enough to take us back to everything that was good about being a kid (forget skinned knees and bedtimes; this is snow days, sledding and Saturday morning cartoons all rolled into one).
Betcha when you think "cranberries," you almost automatically think "sauce" -- and no doubt, cranberries do a noble job serving as the sweet-tart foil to Thanksgiving's main event: the turkey. But these ruby-red berries are incredibly versatile--they have a bright, fruit-forward flavor that lends itself to appetizers (especially those with mild cheese), drinks (from cocktails to refreshing teas and punches), side dishes (they add a nice crunch, color, and spark to rice), and desserts, where they play nicely with a whole host of other fruits and spices. Plus, that slight sourness is a boon when you're pairing the berries with ubersweet ingredients like apples, apricots, and peaches.