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Hillcrest Designers Showcase House - April 19 - 21, 2024
Hillcrest Designers Showcase House - April 19 - 21, 2024

Homemade Mac & Cheese AND Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Mac & Cheese INGREDIENTS: 

- Noodles - 1 Big Package of whatever noodles you like

- Co-Jack Shredded Cheese - 2 bags

- Parmesan Cheese - 1 bag

- 4 tbsp. Butter

- 2 1/4 cup Milk

- 4 tbsp. Flour


Homemade Mac & Cheese DIRECTIONS:

- Cook noodles per package direction.

- Preheat oven to 350°.

- Make white sauce: melt butter - whisk together flour & milk - add flour & milk mixture to melted butter - cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly.

- Grease pan with olive oil.

- Add 1/2 of noodles to the pan, cover with cheese, spoon 1/2 of white sauce over cheese - add remainder of noodles, cover with cheese, cover with white sauce, sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

- Cook for 30 minutes at 350°.



I received this original Homemade Mac & Cheese recipe over 20 years ago from my former mother-in-law.  One of the wedding gifts from that union was this recipe book which I've enjoyed for years - it has recorded the origin of recipes, my annotations and a constant rotation of recipes my boys will remember always. 


We make Homemade Mac & Cheese for every holiday meal - even Valentine's Day - or on those cold winter nights when we need the comfort of a holiday meal.  This particular night we wanted chicken nuggets to pair with the Mac & cheese so we chopped up some chicken parts and fried it up in the cast iron skillet using the same method that we used for Bang Bang Shrimp - see below.


Homemade Chicken Nugget INGREDIENTS:

- Package of boneless raw chicken chopped into one inch pieces

- 2 eggs

- 1 cup cornstarch

- ¼ cup flour

- ½ tbsp garlic

- 1 tbsp paprika

- Salt and pepper, to taste

- Canola oil for frying


Homemade Chicken Nugget DIRECTIONS:

- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.

- Heat oil in cast iron skillet {or any skillet}

- Whisk eggs & dip chicken piece in egg mixture, then dry ingredient mixture.

- Fry in oil for 3 minutes on each side.

- NOTE: check that the chicken is not pink in the middle after first couple of pieces - if it is then increase cook time.

- Let chicken rest on a plate of paper towels.


Homemade chicken nuggets


I was serving a pile of teenagers on this particular night so I used 4 pounds of chicken and quadrupled the dry ingredients and eggs.  We served it with ketchup, ranch dressing and buffalo hot sauce - so everyone had the flavor they preferred.


Fancy T. Smith


Then I ate my weight in Mac & Cheese and chicken nuggets. Ha!  It was a fun night of cooking with the kids and enjoying the fruits of our labor.  There was actually plenty left for a couple of days of leftovers.  I just made sure to bake the left over chicken versus microwaving it.  Whenever I microwave baked or breaded items they come out soggy and gross.



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