From tot to teen, kids have grown up happily eating macaroni & cheese. For adults, sitting down to the reminiscent flavor of this quintessential American dish brings instant comfort. On July 14, celebrate Macaroni & Cheese Day by giving the classic a gourmet makeover.
If your only experience with macaroni & cheese has been throwing together processed ingredients from a blue box or nuking a red box in the microwave, prepare to pamper your palate by making the real deal.
It’s the perfect dish with which to get your kids into the kitchen and learning how it’s made. From shopping for the basic ingredients of pasta, butter, milk and cheese to stirring the sauce in the pot at the stove, you’ll all discover how easily this dish can be prepared from scratch.
Mature palates can celebrate Macaroni & Cheese Day by creating gourmet variations using lobster, truffles, and artisan cheeses. These variations are elegant enough for guests and ideal choices to replace entrées. All you’ll need to round out the dinner is a salad, a beverage and dessert.
Casual celebration? Opt for a simpler recipe with cheddar sauce and dish it out as an accompaniment to fried chicken or barbecue fare. Alternately, a big dish of buffalo chicken macaroni & cheese with plenty of craft beer to tame the heat and wash it down may be just what your game-day pals need.
You can stir just about anything into this classic dish to enhance texture and flavor, from tomatoes and broccoli to sausage, bacon, peppers and nuts. Whatever variation you choose to celebrate Macaroni & Cheese Day, your taste buds will forbid you from ever going back to the blue box again.