6.17.2011

Baked Mac-N-Cheese and Dirty Shirleys

TGIF! 

Today I'm going to share the recipe for the Baked Macaroni and Cheese I posted about Monday.  Remember way back in March when I posted about my trip to Alexandria here?  In it, I mentioned how my aunt sent me home with lots of cookbooks.

One of them was this gem:


When I decided to make a Mac-N-Cheese side for our cook out last weekend, I knew Southern Living was the place to look.  

Their description of the macaroni and cheese was:  "Sometimes the simplest recipe brings the greatest pleasure.  Macaroni and cheese proves the point again and again."

Here is their VERY EASY recipe for Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese. (Yields 8 Servings)

Ingredients
  • 1 (8 ounce package) dried, elbow macaroni (cooked) I like to mix it up so I used a mix of large elbow and penne
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt I did not measure out the amount of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper I used black ground pepper and definitely used more than 1/8 teaspoon
  • Freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Ingredients
Preparation
  • Layer one third of macaroni in a lightly greased 2-quart casserole; sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese.  Repeat layers with remaining two-thirds macaroni and 1 cup cheese, ending with macaroni layer.  Reserve remaining 1 cup cheese.
  • Combine eggs and next 3 ingredients, stirring with a wire whisk or fork until blended.  Cover and bake at 350F for 45 min or until thoroughly heated.  Uncover and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.  Cover and let stand 10 minutes before serving. We were running short on time, so it didn't stand 10 min.  I think the most important part is that it stands long enough for the cheese you added to melt!

DELICIOUS!

Secondly, after yesterday's post, many asked me about Dirty Shirley Temples.  Well, if you enjoyed Shirley Temples as kids, you are in luck--it's the same drink with alcohol added.  Here's an official recipe I found at DrinksMixer.com.

WARNING:  Because they are so sweet and delicious, you can barely taste the alcohol, so these babies can be dangerous!!

Dirty Shirley Temple
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 5-6 oz Sprite
  • 1 dash grenadine syrup
  • Pour the vodka over ice.  Fill the glass the rest of the way with Sprite.  Add grenadine, garnish with a cherry, and serve!

When I make them, I rarely measure out the ingredients, I just pour all three in a glass and drink!  

What are everyone's weekend plans?  (Hope they involve the opportunity to try a Dirty Shirley!)

30 comments:

  1. My boyfriend absolutely loves mac and cheese! I will have to make this for him when he comes into town! Also if you are near a Trader Joe's in their frozen section they have mac and cheese balls (I think they maybe fried I am not sure). My boyfriend had them at his parents house and raved about them for a week!

    As for weekend plans, unpacking more and hopefully catching up with some old friends!

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  2. YES I was so excited when I saw this post! I needed the recipe for both so thank you! Can't wait to make the mac and cheese. Do you think the bartenders at the pool know about this drink hahaha is that too much to ask?

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  3. I LOVE mac n' cheese but the hubs and I are trying to get healthy and lose weight so we're steering clear of that right now! bummer!

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  4. I am making one of these dirty, dirty Shirley's this weekend! Do you think I could substitute the Spite for club soda or would that be a fail? Have a great weekend, Allie!

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  5. Ooh, dirty shirleys take me back. Back to my youth. Back to the future, because now I really wnat one...

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  6. Kevin was asking for macaroni and cheese the other day so I'll have to steal your recipe!

    Who knew shirley temples were so easy?! I'm excited!

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  7. dirty shirleys are my favorite drink! that mac and cheese looks too yummy-I'm not a fan of boxed mac and cheese but I love it homemade and baked!

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  8. Yum! A good heavy mac and cheese is a southern staple. My grandfather made the best ever and now my mom and aunts try to replicate it. This recipe looks pretty close!

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  9. YAY! I've been waiting all week on this mac & cheese recipe! I copied and pasted it into my recipe book. :) I can't wait to try it out. And the Shirley Temple looks delicious too! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. That macaroni and cheese looks so delicious!

    I always forget about Dirty Shirleys. I will have to order one this weekend!

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  11. that mac + cheese looks delicious!! And I LOVE a dirty shirley! I just had one for the first time this summer - so delicious :)

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  12. I love some mac'n'cheese...yum! And a dirty Shirley Temple sounds fabulous right about now!

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  13. Sounds delish! I can't wait to try it out! :)

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  14. Your Mac & Cheese looks delicious, but I really have to try that Dirty Shirley Temple!!
    Have a great weekend!

    Susan

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  15. I had already planned on going out tomorrow night but now I wantttt to make one of these dirty shirleys.. I used to order them all the time as a kid!

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  16. mmm! looks great! if I didn't have silly allergies, I would be jumping alll over that mac and cheese recipe!

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  17. I have been making this macaroni for years! It is one of my favorites!

    am going to try the dirty shirley tonight!

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  18. Shirley Temples are my favorite, so I'm going to be trying this "adult" version sometime soon!

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  19. I'm going to have to try both of these asap! Thanks for sharing! :)

    xoxo, elizabeth

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  20. Love the idea of a dirty Shirley...how fun!

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  21. Mmmmm... I love me some macaroni. With bacon. And multiple kinds of cheese. :)

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  22. That mac and cheese looks delicious!! I am a huge fan of dirty shirleys too!

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  23. Yum. We have a good recipe for mac and cheese, too. It's a little different because it has sour cream. Dirty Shirleys...that's a cute name.

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  24. I've got to try that Dirty shirley!! Love the ingredients and the name. :)

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  25. i LOVE dirty shirlies! :) so yummy!!

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  26. love dirty shirlies!! delicious!

    if you haven't already, don't forget to enter my giveaway! http://howimetyourfatherblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/little-more-fancy.html

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  27. YUM!!! I want to try them both asap! This weekend sounds good! lol

    p.s. I gave you a blog award in my post today! I love following your blog!! xoxo

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  28. Mac and cheese is my lifeline!! I love this recipe. Thanks for sharing. I hope you share more goodies from the book.

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  29. The Mac and Cheese looks delicious. I used to be a Kitty Cocktail girl for sure! My dad belonged to a golf club and they knew to make me a Kitty Cocktail when I came to the pool. As a matter of fact - I still enjoy a good Kitty Cocktail. I'll have to check out your version with alcohol :)
    Visiting from Flip Flops and Pearls

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