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Macaroni Eggnog Casserole

If your stomach wasn't turned by the title, then read on!

The eggnog went bad - when it does, it begins to ferment - it doesn't turn to butterbeer, or anything fun like that. It gets a vinegar taste along with all the good things, which makes it taste bad.

I broke my foot and lost my appetite. I didn't drink my nightly cup of eggnog, and so I had a quart of the stuff in the refrigerator and was loathe to toss it.

The macaroni casserole recipe was passed to me from my mother - I think she got it from her mother. If made correctly, it becomes something like the kraft macaroni and cheese you get in a box, except that it's fresh and quite good. I discovered this while trying to make my mac and cheese cheesier.

My mother has never made the recipe correctly. In her version, all the ingredients are stuck in a casserole dish and into the 400 degree oven where the turkey is also cooking, or in the top oven where the candied yams are cooking. You can't blame her. Ten hours of fighting grade school hooligans and rush hour traffic, and her idea of dinner was anything you could stick in the oven and call the kids to watch so it doesn't burn. Candied yams are fine done that way. Our mac and cheese usually was rock hard on top, but underneath, a delight of cheese and custard.

Isn't that what eggnog is? Kind of makes a custard if you heat it, right? So why not?
I experimented with half of the eggnog - a custard it does make, but a very soft one. The rest I put into the casserole.

Three cheese go into the casserole - for my mother it was sharp, mild and colby.  For me it is sharp, colby and monterey jack. Luckily, I had not used what is now my favorite snacking sharp, but I did use a relatively expensive one.

Don't do it at home. Don't do it. Cinnamon and nutmeg do not go with those cheeses - if it were just the sharp I might have gotten away with it. It looked great - the horror was in the eating, which I did of all four servings.
Next time I'll just give the eggnog to the cats.



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 20th, 2013 05:46 am (UTC)
XD Holy crap man that sounds kinda scary food.
Apr. 20th, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
dreaming egg
Apr. 20th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
What is this egg? I like it. It looks like a swirling cloud egg.

Apr. 20th, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
*That* is the fabled "Egg of The Dreaming."
Apr. 20th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
I wonder what would happen if it hatches. I bet lots of things would come out of it.

Apr. 20th, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
Apr. 21st, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
I think clouds too.

Apr. 20th, 2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
*touches egg*
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