A Thanksgiving Dinner and Pot Luck favorite of the South
In many parts of the United States it would be called macaroni and cheese casserole. But in the deep south the name has been the same for at least three generations. My grandmother on my dad’s side (MingMa) taught my mom how to make it and then my mom taught me. I tweaked the recipe just a little from the way my mom used to do it, but for the most part the result is the same. This recipe has won many “best dish” awards at company and church pot luck dinners over the years. My uncle (retired Air Force and retired civil service) has even discussed this dish in high level meetings with admirals and generals from the Pentagon.
The Macaroni Pie Recipe
The total time to prepare this is about one hour. It takes about 15-20 minutes to cook the macaroni, 20 minutes to assemble the pie, and another 20 minutes of baking time in the oven.
How to make the pie
Cook 16 ounces of elbow macaroni according to package instructions. Drain noodles and set aside for pie assembly.
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees when you begin to assemble the pie. You will be layering the cooked noodles, then the cheese, and then 1/4 inch slices of the margarine. Don’t skimp on the margarine or the cheese! It will take three layers of each to fill a standard 9×13 baking dish.
Assembling the Pie
Mix the two eggs and two cans of evaporated milk in a small mixing bowl.
Covering all the noodles is important because the noodles will burn if exposed during baking time. Place the pie in the 400 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown. Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
This dish reheats well in a 350 degree oven when covered with aluminum foil to prevent cheese from browning anymore. You can save this dish in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Individual servings can be reheated in the microwave. Adding some butter or margarine will help moisten the serving.
This dish goes well at anytime of the year, but is a must have on Thanksgiving in many Southern homes.
Another great way to serve Macaroni Pie is assemble and cook each serving in a ramekin or 6-8 oz custard cups. I usually make at least one of these when preparing a 9×13 for a party or pot luck. I have named it the NASCAR Macaroni Cup since it contains exactly 43 elbow macaroni noodles representing the 43 cars that start a NASCAR race on most Sunday afternoons during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. These extra servings allow me to have a taste beforehand a party or pot luck dinner in case the pie disappears before I make it to the serving line. That has been known to happen with this dish in recent years.
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