AUNTIE RIE’S BAHAMIAN MACARONI N’ CHEESE
One piece is never enough. And even during lunch break at school Auntie Rie’s macaroni and cheese brought in lucrative revenues to a budding entrepreneur. Yes, I sold my macaroni and anyone else’s piece I could hi-jack from their lunch bags before we left the house. A side dish to a Bahamian meal, macaroni and cheese is also a regular accompaniment for sure on Sunday and at Christmas.
1 – 8oz pkg Elbow or cut macaroni pasta
1 medium Onion, chopped small
½ med. Green Bell pepper, chopped small
2 ½ cups Cheddar cheese, sharp – grated
1 tbsp Butter or margarine
1 can Evaporated milk
1 med. Hot pepper
1 tsp Thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of paprika (optional)
Boil macaroni in salted water until soft and slightly over cooked. Drain water. While hot add 1 ½ cups of cheese and all other ingredients. Mix until blended. Pour into a well-greased baking pa. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and then paprika. Bake at 300º for 30 minutes or until firm. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes before serving. Cut into squares and serve. Allow any? Uneaten portions to cool at room temperature before storing in refrigerator.
May be served with chicken, beef, fish or eaten alone. A 1 inch square can go for as much as $1.50