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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Caribbean Macaroni Pie

Macaroni Pie is a standard dish at most Caribbean get-togethers. It was also almost a staple for Sunday dinner as a child growing up in the Caribbean.

1 14 oz package macaroni (the one that is a bit longer than elbows)
4 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 large egg
3 oz butter
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or Ranch dressing
White pepper
1 small onion, chopped

Boil the macaroni in salted water (directions on package) until it is well done – al dente. Drain well. Add the butter and milk and mix well. Then add the mustard, white pepper, chopped onion, mayonnaise, and most of the cheese (save some cheese for the topping). Add more salt if needed. Mix until the macaroni is well coated and then add the egg and mix again.

Grease an over proof dish with a little butter and pour macaroni mixture into dish. Top with bread crumbs and left over grated cheese. For a crisper topping add small dollops of butter.

Bake at 350 F for about 30 min or until the top is golden brown and crusty and all liquid has been absorbed. Let the pie sit for about 15 min before cutting.


The Beach said...

Oh, I am soooooo hungry after looking at these latest recipes. I think it's time to head south to the islands:(

RN4JCHRIST said...

Hi vernell!
found your recipe blog today!!
way cool!! I was born in St. Croix, but my heritage is Trinidad...Love me some macroni pie!! Yes it is a staple! ~Dawn

Vernell said...

Wonderful that you found my blog. I plan to update it this weekend with som more recipes.

Anonymous said...

Hey, how much mustard do you need? what type of mustard? because english mustard is stronG!
thanks x

Anonymous said...

Vernell, I don't want to mess with your recipe but it's the closest I've seen to the one we make in my island. If you simmer the milk and spices with the cheese, butter, and egg before mixing, it's a smoother pie. As for the mustard, regular or dijon is good. I use the dijon for an extra kick. My sister-in-law is from a different island and she uses ketchup and white cheeses then layers it with veggies. However, I love when she uses saltfish. Mac pie is a dish where you taste the Chef's Heart. It's the Fried Chicken of Caribbean soul food and no special meal is complete without it. Thank you for being an epicure of our dishes. You rock!