Oh So Cheesy

There is only one dish that I am “known” for.  Everywhere I go people want the recipe.  In fact, every family event we have I get automatically signed up for it–whether I want to do it or not.

I wouldn’t mind so much, but there’s a little prep work involved and so you can’t just throw it together unless you have at least 2 hours.

With that being said, it’s the most cheesiest perfection I have ever tasted.  My father-in-law calls it “heaven”.  C. has me make him his own pan when I bake it just so he can eat all by himself.  Yep, it’s sinfully good.

Carmelized Onion and Pecan Macaroni and Cheese

But I’m warning you: don’t take this to just any gathering because you’re signing yourself up for doing it the rest of your life.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

(8-oz.) package large elbow macaroni
tablespoons butter
large onions, thinly sliced
teaspoon sugar
(16-oz.) block white Cheddar cheese, shredded
cup (4 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese
32 saltine crackers, finely crushed and divided
large eggs
cups milk
teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional sure, but I think they make the dish)

Preparation

1. Prepare macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside.2. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sliced onions and 1 tsp. sugar. Cook, stirring often, 15 to 20 minutes or until onions are caramel-colored.

3. Layer half each of macaroni, onions, cheeses, and cracker crumbs in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Layer with remaining macaroni, onions, and cheeses.

4. Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients; pour over macaroni mixture.

5. Stir together remaining cracker crumbs, melted butter, and, if desired, pecans. Sprinkle evenly over macaroni mixture.

6. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until golden brown and set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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This picture is dedicated to Marilyn, who always posts the most scrumptious pictures of her food.  Unfortunately, mine looks like a big orange blob, but I can assure you it tastes wonderful!

4 Responses to Oh So Cheesy

  1. Marilyn May 14, 2008 at 8:42 am #

    Natalie, I don’t want the picture – I want the whole thing! So delicious and I’m glad you posted it. I looove macaroni and cheese. Nice shot!

  2. Erinn May 14, 2008 at 11:32 am #

    This looks sooo good. I can’t wait to make it. I am thinking Memorial Day Weekend. I will let you know how the family reacts.

  3. Ash May 14, 2008 at 12:32 pm #

    i have a dish like that everyone goes crazy over…its been in my family for years. Its a simple mexican lasagna. i’ll send it to you if you are interested!

  4. Missy May 15, 2008 at 11:37 pm #

    Thanks for this! I am totally making it for my Bible study group next Thursday! I’ll keep you updated 🙂

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