Tuesday, July 21, 2009

MckLinky Blog Hop

This week's Blog Hop theme is your favorite recipe or dish. I have two favorites, so here they are. The first is my recipe for the best macaroni & cheese EVER.

2 cups (8 oz) uncooked elbow macaroni
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup (16 oz) sour cream
1/2 tbsp. pepper (optional)
1 bar (10 oz) mild cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350. Cook macaroni in boiling, salted water according to package directions (use shortest cooking time). Drain and rinse with cold water. Pour into a 3-quart casserole. In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour. Gradually stir in milk and sour cream. Add pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sauce bubbles and thickens. Reserve 1 cup grated cheese for the top of the casserole. Toss macaroni with remaining cheese. Pour sauce over macaroni and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle with reserved cheese. Bake for 1 hour or until bubbly and brown. Serves 6.

The second is for my favorite type of chicken, which has practically no calories.

Chicken Kind-A-Cacciatore (Diet Chicken)

2 boneless chicken breasts, split (4 pieces)
1 can (15 or 16 oz) Italian-style stewed tomatoes
salt and pepper
various vegetables: celery, scallions, mushrooms, green pepper, garlic, etc.

Melt margarine, use cooking spray or a Teflon pan. "White" chicken in the pan. Add stewed tomatoes, salt and pepper. Add whatever is in your refrigerator - cut up celery, scallions, mushrooms, green pepper, garlic - any, all or none. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Serves 2-4. This chicken tastes really good, is low in calories and has almost no fat.


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