will you believe Season 5 of Wingin’ It. where did the time go For any newbies, here’s the premise: It’s hungry work to be a Buffalo Bills fan. Each week of the regular season and postseason, Buffalo Rumblings will offer a recipe to try with a “Buffalo” twist.
Finally, the Bills and the Miami Dolphins met in the sunny Florida sun. This time around, things are supposed to be a little colder, which means we’re dishing out some cold-weather comfort food recipes. I’ve already made my Mac’N Cheater recipe for Wingin’ It, but it’s time to bring out the big guns—real homemade mac and cheese. We cover the cracker topping to give it a hint of buffalo, but otherwise it’s just glorious mac and cheese.
Buffalo Crisp Mac & Cheese
Active time: 30 min
Total time: 90 minutes
Mac and cheese
1 pkg (16 oz) pasta (elbows are traditional)
1 stick of butter (divided into two parts)
About 4 Tbsp flour (see tips below)
1⁄2 tsp garlic powder
1⁄2 tsp onion powder
1⁄4 tsp ground black pepper
4 cups whole milk
6 cups (24 oz.) sharp cheddar cheese, divided into 6 equal pieces
1⁄2 teaspoon of salt
Buffalo Crisp Topping
1 1⁄2 Cups of crushed crackers
5 tbsp hot sauce
You will need: 9″x13″ glass baking dish
- Cook the pasta directions per package; Drain well. Transfer the cooked pasta to a baking dish (This can be done to save time while making the cheese sauce).
- Prepare the cheese sauce: Melt half a stick of butter in a large sauce pan on MED-LOW.
- Mix it up garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper; Allow 1-2 min.
- Mix it up To create gray in the flour* (See the tips below for customization as needed). Continue to stir the rohi until it starts to brown, about 3-5 minutes.
- Mix it up by pouring little by little, no more than half a glass at a time; Mix thoroughly with each pour. (This helps warm the first cup of milk before adding it to the pan.) Allow the mixture to reheat before adding the milk each time. After all the milk has been added, continue to whisk for 1-2 minutes.
- addition All 6 slices of cheese and salt in a pan; Stir occasionally until the cheese melts.Feel free to taste when almost ready – you can add more salt according to preference.)
- Pour carefully Cheese sauce in a pasta baking dish; Mix it up.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare the Buffalo Crisps: melting Melt the remaining half stick of butter in a large fryer or skillet on MED-HIGH.
- Mix it up in crushed crackers to coat evenly; Continue stirring for 3-4 minutes.
- Mix it up in hot sauce; Continue to stir-fry until crisp again, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat.
- pour Crispy mac and cheese on a pan. Put the pan in the oven; Bake for 35 minutes.
- take out pan from the oven; Let the prepared mac and cheese rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
Wingin’ It tips and prep gallery
*A quick tip before you hit the gallery. Making a roux is often done by measuring the weight of your butter and flour. The above measurements for the amount of stadia give a good start, but you may need to tweak it a bit. Stick to the amount of butter, but there’s a chance you’ll need a little extra flour. Aim for the consistency of library paste: thick enough that it won’t easily go back on itself.
Now for the pictures. The first is the first glass of milk with added milk. It’s more like a mashed potato consistency than a ‘gravy’, and that’s okay – it’s supposed to be there. It will thin out as you add more, just make sure to mix well each time you add.
The following is the size of the pieces I added. That’s about 4 ounces per slice. If you buy one large brick, the total is about three-quarters of a brick cut into six (which is what I did). If you buy small bricks, they are usually three, cut in half. Buying a small brick allows you to mix and match cheeses, but be careful because not all cheeses are good for mac and cheese.
Temperature tip for the cheese melting step. Most recipes use LOW, MED or HIGH as baselines. Too high can cause cheese components to separate. Too low the cheese will not melt at all. My stove top has a scale of ten. The melting temperature of the MED-LOW cheese is 3 or 3.5 to be exact when I make the cheese sauce. Many recipes call for grated cheese so it melts more easily. Most recipes also ask you to simmer the white sauce (roux + milk) for a period of time before adding the cheese. My method allows the water to evaporate without having to worry about extra step times. The time to melt the cheese and evaporate the water using this trick is about the same.
Next is the crackers before being dipped in butter or adding hot sauce. You don’t need to turn them into dust. The next cracker picture is halfway through cooking. Note that they have clumped a bit due to moisture.
Here is a picture of the whole dish. For crackers, 1 1/2 cups will cover the whole thing. If you have to cater to different eaters, as we sometimes do, feel free to adjust as needed. In my case I made 1 cup crackers split in half. One has hot sauce added, the other doesn’t. The hot sauce version of the topping is a darker shade in the middle.