Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Aren't these cute?!? I love the idea of having this cute little side dish on my family's plates. :) Plus, perfect portion control!
I found the idea for these on Betty Crocker's website (link here) but I didn't like their actual recipe. So I decided to post the technique & let you use your own Mac-n-Cheese recipe. Even a box of Kraft Mac-n-Cheese would be fun for this recipe!
A couple of notes:
The meat is not necessary for this recipe. You can omit it altogether, or change it to something else. Ideas: chicken, Italian sausage, ham or crumbled bacon, kidney beans, or veggies (like broccoli).
If you're cooking this as a meal, I'd definitely add something to it. As a side dish, it's fine all by itself.
I was thinking you could cook most pasta recipes this way... Might be fun to put down a couple of these muffins using a marinara-based dish (like baked ziti?) and a big salad plus garlic bread for dinner!
I also think they would be a cute appetizer or snack!
Get creative & enjoy!
adapted from Cooking With Sugar's recipe on BettyCrocker.com
Your favorite recipe for Mac-n-Cheese (here's mine)
1 cup (4 oz) finely shredded cheese
(pick a cheese that reflects the flavors in your mac-n-cheese recipe - Cheddar,
Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack for basic mac-n-cheese, Italian cheese for Italian
1/2 cup Italian-style panko crispy bread crumbs
If adding meat: 1/2 lb ground meat/sausage
Heat oven to 350*F. Spray 12 regular-sized muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside.
Prepare your favorite Mac-n-Cheese recipe.
If using ground meat, brown it thoroughly & drain, if necessary.
Fill each muffin cup with Mac-n-Cheese. If using them, sprinkle add-ins (like meat, beans, veggies) over the top.
Sprinkle bread crumbs & shredded cheese over top.
Cover pan loosely with foil, making sure foil does not touch cheese. Bake 15 minutes.
Remove foil; continue baking for 5 minutes more to brown mac-n-cheese muffin tops.
Remove from oven. Cool at least 10 minutes before removing muffins from pan.
Recipe note on BettyCrocker.com:
Muffins will still be wet when first removed from the oven. But once they cool, they are easy to remove from the pan with a small metal spatula.