April 2014 “Homestyle Cooking” Recipe
Spring is in full swing and there should be lots of “May Flowers” seeing as April was a month full of showers! The other evening we took on the challenge of the April 2014 recipe from our “Homestyle Cooking” calendar, Lobster Mac and Cheese.
Here is the recipe and our experience/suggestions for the April recipe!
Lobster Mac and Cheese
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
1 lb elbow macaroni
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 quart milk
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
12 ounces Gruyere Cheese (grated)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (divided)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1-1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crust removed)
1-1/2 lbs cooked lobster meat (chopped)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cook elbox macaroni according to package directions. Drain well. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, heat the milk but do not boil. In a large deep skillet melt 6 tablespoons of butter, whisk in the flour and cook over low heat for about 2 minutes while whisking. Slowly add the hot mil, whisking until the mixture is thickened and smooth. Remove from heat; add the Gruyere cheese, cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and lobster and stir well Spoon the mixture into a 11″ x 15″ baking dish. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, sprinkle on top of the mac and cheese. Place into the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is browned.
GROCERY LIST & ESTIMATED COST
1-1/2 lbs cooked lobster meat (chopped) – $8.97
1 lb elbow macaroni – $1.09
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (grated) – $2.59
12 ounces Gruyere Cheese (grated) – $10.53
Other Miscellaneous Ingredients – $2.50
Total Cost: $25.68
First and foremost, this was our favorite “Recipe of the Month” so far. Overall, the preparation instructions above were very good. The only thing that was a bit different was the cooking time and temperature (but this can range from oven to oven). After about 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees, the mac and cheese began to bubble and brown. Some of the past month’s recipes have come out good by following the instructions, but we have recommended changing several things.
This months recipe, Lobster Mac and Cheese, came out great! The recipe states that it serves 6 people and that is absolutely the case, if not more than 6 (Closer to 8)! It is a very hearty recipe and scoop or two of it should suffice. Overall, if you like mac and cheese, and of course lobster, make sure you give this recipe a shot!
Have you tried the April recipe??? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience please! Comment below or contact us to let us know what your experience was with the recipe.
Check Out Past Month’s “Recipe of the Month”
- March 2014 – Steak and Mushroom Pot Pie
- February 2014 – Beef Stew
- January 2014 – Sun-dried Tomato Artichoke Pizza
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