Jenn's Bahamian Mac N Cheese

10
Servings
15m
Prep Time
45m
Cook Time
1h
Ready In


"Folks in the Bahamas LOVE their Mac N Cheese. Once, when travelling in the Virgin Islands, I discovered they do, too - and it was on every menu regardless of the cuisine. I wonder why that is. Anyways, here's a Bahamian version, straight from the islands. UPDATED per review, to add a bit of butter to the cooked macaroni!"

Original recipe yields 10 servings
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Nutritional

  • Serving Size: 1 (176.4 g)
  • Calories 419.4
  • Total Fat - 18.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 110.4 mg
  • Sodium - 674 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 38.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.1 g
  • Sugars - 2.4 g
  • Protein - 28.6 g
  • Calcium - 685.6 mg
  • Iron - 2.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 9x13 pan and set aside.

Step 2

Bring a pot of water to a high boil. Cook the macaroni according to package instructions for al dente MINUS 3 minutes. It will continue to cook in the oven. Add the butter and stir till melted and coated.

Step 3

Meanwhile, mince the onion, bell pepper, and habanero pepper. Heat the evaporated milk in a sauce pan on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Don't boil it, just heat it.

Step 4

Drain the macaroni and return it to the pot. Stir in the warm milk, onions, peppers, and 1/2 the cheese. Allow to cool 2 minutes.

Step 5

Transfer macaroni to the 9 x 13 pan and pour the beaten eggs on top. Use a fork or spoon to work the eggs into the macaroni a little. You don't need to stir them, just distribute the eggs and let them settle in a bit.

Step 6

Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Sprinkle with paprika.

Step 7

Bake 35-40 minutes. It will develop a nice golden crust on top. Let set by cooling slightly, then cut in to rectangles to serve.

Tips & Variations


No special items needed.

Related

JackieOhNo!

This makes a very good side dish, as it is a dense (not creamy) version of mac 'n cheese. You could add a block of it to your dinner plate, but I can't see you making a whole meal of this - it is just so rich! But very tasty! The habanero gives it some nice zip. Made for Culinary Quest 2016.

review by:
(2 Aug 2016)

Lynn (diner524)

Loved this version of Mac N Cheese!! I cut this to make it for just DH and I and added a bit of butter to the cooked macaroni, but other then that, followed as written. I loved the added flavors of the onion and bell peppers and the bit of zip from the hot pepper. I also liked that I didn't need to make a separate bechamel cheese sauce. Thanks for sharing the recipe Lori!! Made for 2016 Culinary Quest.

review by:
(30 Jul 2016)