As the culinary world continues to evolve into a community filled with celebrity chefs and reality shows, it’s sometimes easy to forget a large piece of America’s culinary backbone: the home cook. All across the country, thousands of Americans take to their computers to review a new recipe, recount last night’s hibachi horrors, or gab about a chocolate cake they made from scratch. With a dish as versatile as macaroni and cheese, food bloggers are especially useful for spreading and sharing recipes that Suzy Homemaker might not think up on her own. So, we scoured the internet for the latest and greatest macaroni and cheese recipes from a few of our favorite food bloggers (including one of our own recipes for good measure). Sit back, relax, and get ready to drool.
Photo Credit: “Healthy Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Blue Cheese” by Andie Mitchell |Can You Stay For Dinner?
Over ten years ago, Andie Mitchell weighed close to 300 pounds. Now, she’s a healthy food blogger dedicated to sharing the lessons she’s learned over the last decade that ultimately helped her lose over 135 pounds in one year! Along with a plethora of recipes that are both good and good for you, Andie’s blog is filled with lifestyle advice, weight loss tips, and touching stories that are guaranteed to inspire. Her recipe for Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Blue Cheese is unique by having cheese in the sauce (extra sharp cheddar) and blue cheese crumbles sprinkled on top, adding texture without muddling the zingy flavor of the blue.
Photo Credit: “Jambalaya Mac & Cheese” by Mac and Cheese Chick | Mac and Cheese Chick
If there’s one person on this earth who I would expect to have a good mac and cheese recipe, it’d be someone who calls herself “the Mac and Cheese Chick.” Her blog boasts 50+ versions of mac and cheese, ranging from gluten-free goodies to the gooey, delicious dishes we all know, love, and crave. Her Jambalaya Mac & Cheese is packed full of Southern flavor, utilizing both crawfish and andouille to make you feel like your strutting your stuff down Bourbon Street. What’s the best part? She gives you two recipes for the price of one: baked or cooked on the stove-top!
Photo Credit: “Macaroni and Cheese Waffles” by J. Kenji López-Alt | Serious Eats
We here at culture are big fans of Serious Eats, and this recipe for Macaroni and Cheese Waffles is a perfect example of why we love them so darn much. Known for their easy-to-follow recipes and step-by-step cooking guides, Serious Eats shows us what they do best by taking us along through the testing of this inventive recipe. After trying out two different methods, author J. Kenji López-Alt lands on a winner when he drops whole spoonfuls of mac and cheese directly into a waffle iron. The end result is what he claims to be “the best way to eat macaroni and cheese ever”—crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. In a word: perfection.
Photo Credit: “White Truffle Macaroni and Cheese” by Shannon Lacy | The Curvy Carrot
Based out of Milwaukee, Shannon Lacy is a physician by day, über-successful food blogger by night and weekend. If you ask her, her food philosophy is simple: “I don’t eat meat. I eat eggs every so often, I drink milk rarely, and I inhale cheese.” Now that’s someone who I’d trust to make a good macaroni and cheese. Her recipe for White Truffle Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect weeknight indulgence that combines a childhood classic with a fancy adult twist.
Photo Credit: “Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese” by Rachelle Shockey | Mommy? I’m Hungry!
Rachelle Shockey of “Mommy? I’m Hungry!” is a food-blogging mother of three whose website is anything but ordinary. After experiencing celiac-like symptoms in 2011 and being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2012, Rachelle’s diet drastically changed. Now, Rachelle blogs both gluten-free and diabetic friendly recipes, such as her Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese. This is the most traditional of the dishes on our list, but that in no way means it’s any less delicious. Look at how creamy this thing is!
You didn’t think we’d make a list and not include one of our own recipes, did you? Our Guinnness and Steak Mac and Cheese is a beautiful hybrid of an American classic with the British steak-and-guinness pie. Steak, beer, cheese—what’s not to love?