Thanksgiving is just a few days away and here we are always looking forward to good eats. Everybody loves mac and cheese but what better way than to serve them in bite-sized portions. Whether you're in a cocktail hour or pairing it as a side next to the big ol' turkey, here's a recipe we love for mac and cheese bites.
What you'll need:
1/2 pound elbow macaroni
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
4 ounces white sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 packed cup)
4 ounces deli-sliced American cheese, chopped
1 large egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
*Add 2 large jalapenos, 1 diced and 1 thinly sliced (for garnish) if you like that extra kick!
Preheat the oven to 425°. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the macaroni until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain, shaking off the excess water.
Brush four 12-cup, nonstick mini muffin tins with butter. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the Parmigiano; tap out the excess.
In a large saucepan, melt the 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter. Whisk in the flour over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and cook, whisking, until boiling, about 5 minutes. Add the cheddar and American cheeses and whisk until melted. Off the heat, whisk in the egg yolk and paprika. Fold in the macaroni.
Spoon slightly rounded tablespoons of the macaroni into the prepared muffin cups, packing them gently. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmigiano on top.
Bake the mini macs in the upper and middle thirds of the oven for about 10 minutes, until golden and sizzling. Let cool for 5 minutes. Using a small spoon, carefully loosen the mini macs, transfer to a platter and serve.
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Ever since 1992, Carlos has worked in the hospitality and catering business. He started as a washer and diligently worked his way up to director and manager at very prestigious hotel chains such as the Marriott. Along the way, Carlos always dreamt of one day opening his own company. After working hard and earning 22 service awards, he started Elegant Events Decorations as a family ran business. He started his business with 300 chair covers and now has over 12,000. Soon after, he added a catering department and has grown ever since.
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This is the perfect time to share one of our latest weddings. It was featured in Style Me Pretty and it's actually from the very same bride we mentioned in our earlier post. Everything turned out beautifully and we're happy to have provided them the florals and catering.
Thanks to Ashley Rose for the beautifully captured photographs and Esther and Daniel for allowing us to be part of their day!
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