Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wonky Comfort Food Overload

One aspect of working with college students is that in some ways you adapt to their diet. Maybe not for very long, but inevitably you will order in greasy pizza for an campus event, buy jumbo bags of candy for a small group, or experience nothing but diet coke and brownies for dinner at Bible Study. It can be unappetizing. Or...delicious! We learned our new favorite comfort food from our students at a Christmas party we just hosted at our house.

Annie's Macaroni & Cheese topped with Chili and a side of cornbread. Finished with Hot chocolate for dessert.

Oh have mercy this combination is delicious. It sounds so wonky try it before you judge it!

My new favorite cornbread recipe is this one from Better Home & Gardens. A friend of ours used this recipe but added 1/2 cup sour cream to the egg mixture and it was THE BOMB! Literally could have just eaten the corn bread all night long.

Corn Bread Recipe
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil or melted butter
  • Honey (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400F. In a medium bowl stir together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

2. Add the 1 tablespoon butter to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, a 9x1 1/2-inch round baking pan, or an 8x8x2-inch square baking pan. Place in the preheated oven about 3 minutes or until butter melts. Remove pan from oven; swirl butter in pan to coat bottom and sides of pan.

3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine eggs, milk, and oil (and sour cream or yogurt if desired). Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Pour batter into hot skillet or pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cut into wedges or squares. Serve warm. If desired, drizzle with honey. Makes 8 to 10 pieces.

Now for Annie's, you can buy 15 of these bad boys at Costco for a very reasonable price. Follow all the directions but we mix up the cheese mixture like this: When the noodles are done add 1 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp milk, and 1 heaping tbsp plain yogurt to the warm noodles and mix it all up. Creamy, tangy, so good!

I don't have room here to put a chili recipe but follow your tried and true classes chili recipe, top with big scoops of mac & cheese and be sure to cut a big honkin piece of cornbread topped with lots of butter and honey.

Hope that warms some bellies on a blizzard-y December day like this!

10 An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels...15 She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household

Proverbs 31:10 & 15

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