Mmmmmm, mac 'n cheese! The mac 'n cheese that really, REALLY makes me drool (Homer Simpson style, of course!) is, surprisingly, available in the freezer aisle of a grocery store. BUT, not just any grocery store -- it's Trader Joe's, where every thing is amazing (except for their soy nuggets, ick)! As if good old cheddar mac 'n cheese weren't already good enough on its own, Trader Joe's had to add Swiss, Havarti, and Gouda to it. I love cheese, so the more, the merrier! All this makes for a delicious and extremely rich and creamy dish. It's so good, that I wanna call it my own! I secretly feel tempted to buy a bunch of these, microwave 'em, scoop 'em into a huge baking tray, bake it so that it gets a crust on top, then bring it to a potluck and tell everyone that I made it from scratch... :D
I love how versatile this frozen dinner is. It's hefty, so hefty, in fact, that its gotta be microwaved for at least 5-6 minutes in its frozen state. It's definitely enough to be a full on dinner for one person (sometimes I even split it into two meals when I'm not feeling so gluttonous), or it can be split as a side dish among a few people. Plus the variations in ways to prepare this seem to be infinite. So far, I've switched between stirring in an insane amount of Tabasco to it, and mixing in an insane amount of Parmesan cheese. Yes, that would be five cheeses in all. The Parmesan has gotta be the Trader Joe's shredded kind that comes in a bag though. No other Parme will do!
There are a few more variations that I want to try:
Adding chives (maybe it'll make it healthier? :P).
Adding white truffle oil (as if it weren't already greasy enough! :D).
I've been microwaving it this whole time. Sometimes I microwave it for a bit too long and it forms a delicious burnt crust, so I'd love to BAKE it and get a baked crust!
I want to bake it with bread crumbs on top.
And for you bacon-lovers, I bet this dish tastes AMAZING with bacon baked on top.
Got any more ideas?
Of course, though, judging from how many cheeses and creams that are packed into this frozen little box of delight, it's no surprise how unhealthy and fattening this treat is (30 grams of fat a box, to be exact), but uh, it has 48 grams of protein per box. That's good, right? RIGHT?
Needless to say, I only allow myself to eat this once in a great while. I always keep a box in the freezer though, because when I'm PMS-ing or just feeling blue, this totally hits the spot! Must be all that grease :)
According to some others, Beecher brand mac 'n cheese apparently surpasses Trader Joe's in deliciousness. That's kind of hard to believe because I already think this stuff is super amazing! Until I track down a box of Beecher's mac 'n cheese, my heart (and taste buds and stomach!) belongs to Trader Joe's.
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