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Ham and Mac Bake (VRP 090)

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Dive into the comfort of Ham and Mac Bake, a heartwarming dish that combines the creamy, cheesy delight of macaroni and cheese with the savory punch of ham and the sweet crisp of apples. This unique combination, baked to perfection with a breadcrumb topping, offers a delicious twist on traditional macaroni dishes. It’s a perfect choice for a satisfying family dinner or a cozy weekend meal.

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Ham and Mac Bake

A Short History:

Combining pasta with cheese dates back centuries, but it’s the innovation of American cuisine that brought us the beloved macaroni and cheese. Adding ham and apples introduces a delightful balance of flavors, making this dish a testament to the versatility and adaptability of classic recipes. The Ham and Mac Bake stands as a modern culinary creation that pays homage to its roots while offering a new taste experience.

Timeline:

  • 14th Century: One of the earliest recorded recipes for pasta and cheese appears in an Italian cookbook.
  • 18th Century: Macaroni and cheese begin to gain popularity in Europe and America.
  • 20th Century: The dish evolves with variations, incorporating different meats and vegetables for added flavor and substance.
  • 21st Century: The Ham and Mac Bake emerges as a flavorful variation, combining traditional ingredients with the unexpected sweetness of apples.

Tips for the Perfect Ham and Mac Bake:

  • Pasta Cooking: Cook the elbow macaroni just until tender to avoid a mushy texture after baking.
  • Sauce Consistency: Ensure the flour and milk mixture thickens properly for a creamy sauce that evenly coats the macaroni.
  • Layering Ingredients: Evenly distribute the ham and apple slices within the macaroni mixture for a balanced flavor in every bite.
  • Breadcrumb Topping: The combination of soft bread crumbs and melted butter creates a crispy topping that contrasts beautifully with the creamy pasta below.

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Ham and Mac Bake Recipe

The Ham and Mac Bake is more than just a dish; it’s a celebration of flavors that comfort and satisfy. Whether you’re looking to add a twist to your macaroni and cheese or searching for a new family favorite, this recipe offers the perfect blend of savory, sweet, and creamy. Gather your ingredients and prepare to enjoy a meal that’s sure to warm hearts and fill bellies.

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Yield: 6 servings

Ham and Mac Bake

Ingredients

  • 3½ ounces elbow macaroni (1 cup)
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced (2 cups)
  • 1½ cups soft bread crumbs (2 slices)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water just till tender, 8 to 10 minutes; drain.
  2. In large saucepan melt the ¼ cup butter; blend in flour, brown sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add milk all at once; cook and stir till thickened and bubbly.
  4. Stir in cooked macaroni, ham, and apple slices.
  5. Turn mixture into a 2-quart casserole.
  6. Combine bread crumbs and the 2 tablespoons melted butter; sprinkle over casserole.
  7. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for about 35 minutes. .

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