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Macaroni & Cheese

Okay, now a question about that most favorite of dishes: Baked Macaroni & Cheese!

I discovered several years ago that the Bahamians add onion and sometimes green bell pepper and celery to theirs. Anyone else do that, or is it strictly a Caribbean thing? I usually just add milk and a couple of types of cheese to mine, or sometimes tomatoes and pepper jack cheese if I'm doing it on top of the stove. But I think I'm going to give this a try, maybe for tomorrow's Sunday dinner. My sister said she tried it and it was very good.

Here's my Bahamian cousin Dot Moncur's recipe:

Dot's Bahamian-Style Macaroni

1 lb elbow macaroni
1 lg onion, chopped
1 to 2 hot peppers (or 1 tsp dried red pepper)
salt, to taste
2 eggs, beaten
1 to 2 lbs. grated cheddar cheese
1 can evaporated milk
1 stick soft margarine

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Stir in the onion, hot pepper and salt, followed by the eggs, three-quarters of the cheese, half the can of milk and the margarine. Butter a casserole dish; pour macaroni mixture into dish and spread evenly. Pour remaining milk over macaroni and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake uncovered for 25 to 35 minutes, or until macaroni is golden brown and cheese is melted. Cool before cutting.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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