Sunday, February 08, 2009

Baked Macaroni with Smoked Turkey Sausage

Yesterday was a very exciting day for me. The GRE is over and my scores made me very, very happy. Even better, my husband decided to make dinner and what a delicious dinner it was. As always, I helped with the prep a little, but this is almost all his work. As you can probably guess from recipes like this, we’re into cheese and sausage dishes. I love turkey sausage. It’s tasty and it works well in so many things. Aaron doubled the recipe and added the sausage because a) we like leftovers and b) turkey sausage is wonderful!

Baked Macaroni with Smoked Turkey Sausage modified from Joy of Cooking:

Serves 4 or two very hungry people with plenty of leftovers

2 c. macaroni
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
2 eggs
1 1/3 c. half-and-half
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. paprika
2 Tb. grated onion
About two smoked turkey sausages (use however much you like or omit altogether)
Au gratin: dry bread crumbs, dots of butter, grated cheese, and paprika

Boil macaroni in salted water and drain. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat eggs, milk, salt, paprika, and grated onion until blended.

Place layers of macaroni and sausage in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle the layers with the cheese (reserve some for the au gratin). Aaron says he had about three layers. Pour egg mixture over the top of the macaroni. Sprinkle the top with the au gratin.

Bake the macaroni for about 40 minutes. Place under the broiler for a couple of minutes for a delicious, golden crust.

Serve immediately. We had ours with a simple salad. This would also make a great side dish. It’s super tasty and I hope he makes it again soon (*wink* *wink*).

The day ended very well. Carrina honored me with a super delicious cake wreck (which you can see here). If you haven’t been to Cake Wrecks, go now. You’ll laugh so hard. Thanks Carrina!

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