" 'Burbs, The" Classic 'Cul de Sac' Mac 'N Cheese

This meal is sure to win over your neighbors!


For the Cheese Sauce

  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shallots
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/6 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbl worcestireshire sauce
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt to taste

For the Filling

  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 8 oz dry macoroni
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 "kiss the cook" apron
  • 1 set lawn darts
  • 1 box grass seed
  • 1 dirty little secret


2. Cook the macaroni until al dente (a minute or two less than the package instructions). Rinse in cold water, drain and set aside.

3. Pour the milk into a small saucepan, stick the bay leaf to the onion with the clove and add to the milk. Slowly bring the milk to a simmer on a medium-low heat. Melt 1/2 of the butter in a medium saucepan, add the chopped shallots and cook at a medium heat until soft. Add the flour, dry mustard and white pepper and cook another 2 minutes.

4. Slowly add the milk to the butter and flour mixture, whisking constantly. Add the studded onion and the worcestershire to the sauce and simmer at least 20 minutes, until thick and creamy.

5. Remove from heat, discard the onion and stir in 1/2 cup each of the cheddar and gruyere. Lightly season with thyme and just a pinch of nutmeg and cayenne.

7. Stir in the remaining cheddar and gruyere with the noodles and warm sauce and top evenly with the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. 8. Dot with the remaining butter and bake uncovered for twenty to thirty minutes until brown and bubbly.

9. Scary tip: If you decide to go door-to-door borrowing stuff from your neighbors instead of shopping, you may end up finding out more about them than you ever want to know!

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