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Mac and Cheese

OK- so one more annoying party question.  I think we are expecting ~50 people, of which about 8 are children.  We are going to have mac & cheese.  Should I go the homemade route, or make box stuff?  DH says box stuff, because it's a kid party and kids appreciate that moreso than baked stuff.  I just don't want to look like a total it too strange to just make a few boxes of that stuff?  And if you did do that, would you put it in a crock pot or in a foil thingie over burners to keep warm?  (can you tell I'm not exactly the iron chef?)
Aisling Rose 8/8/10
Declan James 9/18/12

Re: Mac and Cheese

  • Personally, I'd make a batch of homemade in the crockpot. Not only is it just as easy as the boxed stuff, it tastes better, you won't have to transfer it to a different dish and both kids and adults will eat it.
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  • Yes! Crockpot! It's so easy!

  • I'd make the white cheddar kind from a box, but with my own homemade twist--add some veggies like tomatoes or peas, top with breadcrumbs.  I usually buy Annie's or the Trader Joe's version. 
  • If it's my kid, I would make the box because that's the only thing she'd eat.  But I know not all kids are as picky as mine.  
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  • so homemade is not just as easy, IMO.  Grating the cheese, making the roux then sauce etc...whew!  all this said, I made two giant dishes of homemade like 2 nights before the party and then baked them that morning for like 1.5 hrs and they set them out. the kids ate it or they didn't.  Now that F is 3, i might consider a big batch of the boxed stuff ...but we are going to order pizzas and have fruit salad and call it a day.
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  • Thanks ladies!  I will check into crock pot recipes to see if I can find any I like.  Maybe I'll do that and a couple of boxes too.

    Rum- so good to see you on here!  F is 3 already?!  
    Aisling Rose 8/8/10
    Declan James 9/18/12
  • yep. In october. she is a real pip.
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  • @jamiedoll01 ; Try this one!

    1 box of Rotini pasta
    2 cups cheddar jack, shredded
    2 cups <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = "ST1" />Monterey jack, shredded
    Half of a large block of Velveeta
    3 cups milk
    Garlic salt
    Butter – ½ stick (optional)
    Bread crumbs, any flavor (optional but highly recommended)

    1. Boil a pot of water for the pasta.
    2. Cook ½ time on box – usually about 7 minutes.
    3. Strain pasta.
    4. Place pasta and all ingredients in the crock pot, mixing together.
    5. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
    6. If you put on low, make sure to check periodically, as it sometimes is done sooner.
    7. Approximately 30-45 minutes before the macaroni and cheese is done, sprinkle breadcrumbs on top.
    8. When breadcrumbs are crispy, it is ready.

  • Jess that sounds fantastic!  Will have to give it a try!
    Aisling Rose 8/8/10
    Declan James 9/18/12
  • I can vouch 0602's Mac is not just easy, but so so so good. I think there's a few of us on here that make it! I make it for parties.
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