I had to stop everything I was doing to tell you about this recipe I found for slow bake mac & Cheese in a crock pot. Imagine that. I had never seen anything like it. Macaroni and Cheese in a crock pot? I mentioned this to at least four people I know and they all looked at me with question marks. One stated that they worry that it wouldn’t brown. The others just couldn’t wrap their heads around the concept. I looked at this recipe for at least a week until I finally tried it the other day. Just look at the picture below. After seeing that, could you really just not try it?
I pulled out my crock pot and put all of the ingredients together from the recipe as cited over at Whisk and a Prayer.
Baked Mac & Cheese Ingredients
Extracted from Whisk and a Prayer Website
1 1/2 cups milk
One 12 oz can evaporated milk (I used skim, evaporated milk keeps the egg and milk from curdling)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled to room temp
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups (12 oz) shredded cheese (I used an Italian blend, recipe calls for Italian fontina cheese)
1/2 pound elbow macaroni or mini penne tubes, par cooked and drained (this means cook them for about five minutes until tender but not completely cooked)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
For prep details, click here and go directly to website and follow the directions closely.
I carefully followed the instructions EXCEPT I added a little red pepper, Accent, pepper, paprika and used kosher salt instead of regular. Also, I used a mix of cheeses that included mild and sharp cheddar plus I added mozzarella. I know, it’s all I had on hand. It turned out incredibly better than I thought. The interesting part is that as it cooks in the crock pot, it sets to the point that know exactly when it’s done. It took every bit of 2 1/2 hours and my crock pot cooks fast. Also, make sure you use the evaporated milk in addition to regular. They say it keeps it from curdling. It didn’t look exactly perfect but tasted, well, like Mac & Cheese. The added items is a matter of personal preference. Next time I plan to use different cheeses and I won’t be as paranoid about how it will turn out. It really is trial and error as it is when preparing mac & cheese in the oven. The key is in the mix!
If you are interested in other great crock pock concoctions, why not try a few of these: