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Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Cornbread Crust

Hey guys! I made a mini “Thanksgiving” for just the hubs an I, this was one of the side dishes I served. I’ve made this macaroni and cheese a ton of times, but it was the first time with the cornbread crust addition. I will definitely be making this way from now on! It is sooo good, adds just a touch of sweet in the crispy crust, loves it! SO, here is my recipe for Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Cornbread Crust:

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You will need: The recipe I base this from is Alton Brown’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese.

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2 ea                    Cornbread muffins, like Jiffy brand already made

1/2 pound           elbow macaroni

3 T                     butter

3 T                     flour

1 T                     powdered mustard

3 cups                milk

1 ea                    bay leaf

1/2 t                   paprika

1/2 t                   garlic powder

1/2 t                   onion powder

1 ea                    egg

12 ounces          cheese, shredded, I used cheddar/ Monterey jack mix

1 t                      kosher salt

Fresh black pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Boil pasta until al dente. I cook it one less minute than the box directions. While pasta is cooking assemble the sauce in a deep sauce pan. Add butter and let melt, add flour and mustard to pan and cook, whisking continuously for 5 minutes over medium low heat.

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Add milk and dried spices. Bring to simmer and let cook for 10 minutes, stirring continuously. Temper in the egg.

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Add 3/4 of the cheese and let melt.

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Add pasta to pan and mix thoroughly. Place mixture into greased oven safe dish.

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This is a good option to stop if you wish to cook this off at another time. Very easy to assemble ahead of time and pull out of fridge for the next day. But, if you wanna cook this bad boy right away, top with remaining cheese.

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Crumble the cornbread into small pieces resembling bread crumbs, toss this with a couple tablespoons melted butter. Place this on top of cheese.

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Bake this for 30 minutes uncovered or until bubbly. If you are making this after the casserole sat in the fridge it will need an additional 10 minutes.

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Let this sit 5-10 minutes before serving. I also served turkey, collard greens and homemade pumpkin pie last night. YUMMY! I hope you try this recipe out, it’s a winner!

27 Wonderful Comments

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    November 26, 2012

    This looks so yummy! Love the cornbread addition for an added crunch. Just pinned this!

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    November 30, 2012

    This looks wonderful! We love cornbread at our house.

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    Shell says:
    December 2, 2012

    This looks so yummy with the cornbread topping!!! Definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    December 3, 2012

    Oh fun, I’d never thought to put a crust on macaroni and cheese before, but that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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    December 4, 2012

    oh my this looks delicious Dana!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing @ Inspire Me Fridays!

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    December 6, 2012

    Corn bread crust? Brilliant!! My guys would love this! Thanks for linking up. I’ve pinned!

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    Lissa says:
    December 13, 2012

    Oh my, this looks amazing! Loved and pinned. Thanks for sharing at MightyCrafty Mondays.

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    nia says:
    November 25, 2013

    do have to make the cornbread first or do you use the mix from the jiffy box

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      November 25, 2013

      I make the cornbread first. Thanks for asking!

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    Amy says:
    December 21, 2013

    Where does the egg come in? I’m guessing with the milk?

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      December 22, 2013

      Sorry, never noticed that part was left out. After the milk mixture simmers for 10 minutes, you temper in the egg. I will update recipe now! Thank you!

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    Amy says:
    November 6, 2014

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I remember eating a mac and cheese like this when I was in school. It had a delicious crust on top. I have been looking everywhere on the internet trying to find a recipe that resembled that mac and cheese that I loved. I’ve seen recipes with bread crumbs and ritz crackers. None sounded like the one I was looking for. But I believe you nailed it with this one. Thank you so very much!! I will reply again after I make it and try it. Thanks again!!!

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