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“Oh my gosh,” I exclaimed. “Oh. My. Gosh.”
My brother, who was around, came into the kitchen to see what I was up to. “What’s going on?” I couldn’t really answer him though – my mouth was….kinda stuffed with the most delicious latkes I ever invented.
Let’s backtrack for a minute. People ask me all the time: “Where do your recipe ideas come from?!” Well, there’s no simple answer for it. Sometimes they are carefully formulated and worked out, sometimes they’re inspired by something I saw or tasted. And sometimes, like this recipe, an idea just pops into my head, and I sit there in awe, thinking. “wow, that’s really genius.”
Well let me tell you. If you want to talk about genius in food and recipes, we need to talk about this idea I had. Mac and Cheese Latkes. Seriously. Just let that thought sink in. Take an ooey-gooey, cheesy delicacy like mac and cheese, fry it up in latke form…and the result is…magical. I know I often make the claim that various recipes are the best I’ve ever made, but this recipe earns it.
My brother (mentioned above) had just eaten meat for supper, and thus (according to kosher dietary laws) couldn’t eat dairy for over 5 hours. The poor guy had to stand around, listening to me as I raved about the awesome insanity of my creation. He had to smell the ridiculously perfect scent of my frying mac and cheese latkes, aka the most amazing smell ever. The moral of the story is probably to never eat meat, just in case someone makes Mac and Cheese latkes shortly after.
Anyhow, my blogging pals and I decided that we should throw a virtual chanukah party in honor of the holiday, which starts tonight. We’ve got a whole meal planned and you’re all invited! That’s right. Every one of you is invited to partake in this delicious meal, courtesy of your favorite Jewish bloggers! Of course, tasked with the side dish, I knew I had to serve these insanely good Mac and Cheese Latkes.
So here’s the meal:
Virtual Party Menu:
Appetizer: Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Turkish Lentil Soup
Main: Melinda from Kitchen Tested made a Roasted Jalapeno and Cheddar Strata
Side: Miriam from OvertimeCook made Mac and Cheese Latkes (that’s me!)
Dessert: Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat made Deep Fried Rugelach
Drink: Chanie from Busy In Brooklyn made Gelt Hot Chocolate
And finally, here they are ladies and gents. The best latkes you’ll ever eat!
- 2½ cups elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
- 2 cups whole milk (red)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese*
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese*
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- oil, for frying
- Cook macaroni according to package directions. While cooking, prepare the cheese sauce.
- In a medium pot, stir or whisk together the milk and flour over a medium flame until it begins to simmer. Add the salt, pepper and cheeses. Stir until melted and combined.
- Add the cooked and drained macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until all of the noodles are coated. Set aside to cool for at least a couple of hours, or even overnight.
- Remove the cooled mac and cheese from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature somewhat. Use a large wooden spoon to break up any large clumps.
- Add the eggs and breadcrumbs and stir until evenly distributed.
- Heat about half an inch of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
- Take a handful of the mac and cheese mixture and form a thick patty. Carefully place it in the hot oil.
- Fry for a couple of minutes, until completely set and flip. Fry on the other side for about a minute or two, until golden. Remove from pan and serve immediately.
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