Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
With satisfying heft and bright flavor, this custard-based mac and cheese has lots going for it--as long as you can keep the eggs from scrambling.
Why This Recipe Works
Unlike standard, saucy, béchamel-based macaroni and cheese, Southern-style macaroni and cheese is made with a cold custard, and bakes into a nearly sliceable casserole. Starting with cold custard required long baking to get the center to set, leading to overcooked edges. Trading some of the whole eggs for a yolk made the custard more resilient, and starting with a hot custard reduced the baking time, meaning less chance for the edges to overcook. For the best cheese flavor and texture, we use easy-melting mild cheddar in the custard, reserving the sharp stuff for the top.