It's been a while since I posted a food blog therefor, I thought today would be a good day to post one. A while back I went to Ashland, Illinois and stopped at one of the oldest grocery stores in that area called Jones Boys Market. If you have not seen the post, it can be found here.
Anyway, the store's claim to fame is their freshly made sausages and a variety of them to boot. I ended up buying a few varieties and brought them home, froze them, for future use.
While we had cooked and tried a few of the Steakhouse Brats and English Bangers, finding them to be delicious, we had yet to try the Andouille Sausage.
Last night was the perfect evening to try the Andouille, since homemade Mac and cheese was on the menu. The slightly spiciness of the Andouille combined with the gooey, cheesy, flavor of the macaroni is a match made in heaven. Of course, only if you like that combination...naturally we do 😋.
The recipe for the Mac and Cheese comes from Paula Deen one of the South's queen of comfort foods. She has several Mac and Cheese recipes, but this particular one is my favorite because of ease of preparation and the variety of cheeses that are incorporated.
The Ultimate Lady’s Cheesy Mac and Cheese
- 2 cups (4 cups cooked) elbow macaroni
- 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup grated Swiss cheese
- 1/3 cup grated Jack cheese
- 1/3 cup grated colby cheese
- 1/3 cup grated muenster cheese
- 1/3 cup grated gouda cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 4 tablespoons cut into pieces butter
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 °F.
In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Season water with salt and cook macaroni until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain pasta and place in a large bowl. While pasta is still hot, add all cheeses. In a separate medium bowl, using a whisk, combine the sour cream, butter, eggs, salt, pepper and milk and add to the macaroni mixture. Spray casserole dish with nonstick spray and pour macaroni mixture into the dish. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown. Top with additional cheese, if desired.
I followed the recipe directions to a T with one exception; added the Andouille sausage to the casserole; after simmering it in some beer until it was partially cooked, and slicing it into bite size rounds.
Jones Boys Market is going to see me again real soon.