Macaroni and Cheese with Salmon and Apple Salad

How do you please everyone at your table?  Homemade macaroni and cheese with salmon and apple salad a satisfying meal for the whole family.

Macaroni and Cheese
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This homemade macaroni and cheese recipe is courtesy of dear friend Alison and though my kids initially did not like the “homemade version” they now LOVE IT. I like making this recipe in my Le Creuset braiser as it can go from stove top right to the oven.
Macaroni and Cheese
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This homemade macaroni and cheese recipe is courtesy of dear friend Alison and though my kids initially did not like the “homemade version” they now LOVE IT. I like making this recipe in my Le Creuset braiser as it can go from stove top right to the oven.
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta to an al dente texture according to instructions on the package and rinse in a colander under cold water to stop cooking.
  2. In a large saucepan bring milk and bay leaf just to a boil and set aside so the flavour can infuse.
  3. In a large dutch oven or brasier melt the butter. Add chopped onions and sauté for a few minutes until translucent - approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Add flour one tablespoon at a time and whisk constantly over low heat until combined.  Do not brown.  Add a ladle of milk with each additional tablespoon of flour if mixture becomes too thick.
  5. Continue adding a ladle of warm milk and whisking after each addition to ensure there are no clumps. Remove the bay leaf and discard.
  6. Once all milk has been added and the sauce has thickened add paprika and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper and turn off heat.
  7. Slowly add the grated cheese to the sauce and stir until melted. Taste and season with extra salt or pepper as necessary.
  8. Mix cheese sauce together with pasta and stir in optional vegetables.
  9. Pour into your 9 x 13 inch baking dish or keep in your brasier. It will seem like a lot of sauce. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake for 20 – 30 mins, until top is golden brown and bubbly.
  10. Just before dinner bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 mins, until top is golden and bubbly.
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Salmon and Apple Salad
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The Apple Salad can be served with the salmon or with another menu. When I serve the salad on its own I like to add some shaved old cheddar cheese.
Salmon and Apple Salad
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The Apple Salad can be served with the salmon or with another menu. When I serve the salad on its own I like to add some shaved old cheddar cheese.
Ingredients
Salmon
Apple Salad
Instructions
Salmon
  1. For the salmon combine all ingredients in a container and marinate the salmon for at least 1 hour or the whole day in the refrigerator.
  2. Just before dinner BBQ or bake salmon skin side down for approximately 18 minutes at 425 degrees.
Apple Salad
  1. In a frying pan add pecans and toast until fragrant and slightly browned. Remove to cool and chop on a cutting board.
  2. In a small jar or bowl whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper.
  3. Just before dinner dress the salad and thinly slice the apples. Serve up greens, top with apples, pecans and salmon.
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Sticky Tips

  • * If your children are not big salad eaters you can serve them sliced apples or add vegetables to the mac and cheese. We like 1/2 cup strained tomatoes, 1 cup frozen peas or cooked broccoli.

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