There was a party last weekend at the Holland house to celebrate Rachel and Jake’s wedding in Salt Lake City in August. We wanted to share the happiness here in State College. It was an open house with lots of food!!
We had many friends come for the party from out of town, so I decided that the food needed to be a combination of sweet….
Rachel and Jake met in Salt Lake City 2 1/2 years ago. But as life goes, they both accepted jobs in different cities after dating for just one month. They decided to keep in touch — and obviously — they did!
I wanted the food to represent some of their favorite places. We had tomatoes and bocconcini salad, roasted veggies and a wonderful Italian pasta that is a cinch to make ( I forgot to take a picture of it, but take my word for it, it could not be easier or more delicious—click on this recipe for Chicken and Tomato No-Boil Pasta Bake) to represent Rachel’s love of Italy.
Because Jake was living in NYC, and Rachel spend many vacations visiting him there, I made a pasta dish that is from one of their favorite restaurants, S’MAC–a restaurant that serves many kinds of macaroni and cheese. The couple’s favorite? Cheeseburger S’mac! I googled the recipe and found it from a Good Morning America program from 2010!
I made it a couple of week’s ago for a try-out. Then I asked Rachel to tell me what she remembered about the dish. I decided I needed to up the flavors a bit. Here is the recipe that I came up with.
2/3 lbs. elbow macaroni
Boil the macaroni according to package directions; drain–You should have 4 cups when cooked. Put a bit of olive oil on the macaroni so that it does not stick together. Set aside.
1 pound hamburger
1/2 cup diced onion
1 Tablespoon garlic
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon Montreal seasoning
Fry the hamburger and onion on medium heat until cooked throughout. Take off the heat. Add the garlic, Dijon mustard, ketchup, Montreal seasoning and stir. Set aside.
1 and 1/2 Tablespoons butter
1 and 1/2 Tablespoons flour
1 and 1/2 cups whole milk
6 ounces American cheese, grated
6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the flour and stir until dissolved but not brown, slowly add the milk, stirring constantly, and let the mixture heat up and thicken. Take the pan off the heat. Add the cheese, portions at a time, and stir to let melt into the sauce.
Mix the macaroni, hamburger mixture, and sauce together in a large bowl. Transfer to a greased 9 x 13 pan or other comparable casserole dish.
1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Mix together in a bowl, and sprinkle on top of the macaroni.
Bake the S’mac at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until it is heated throughout. Then broil for 3 minutes if the topping is not browned a bit and crispy.
Serves 4 generous portions! Enjoy—-and pretend that you are in NYC!