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    Iron Mike's White Sharp Cheddar N' Ham

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    Recipe Introduction

    I leave out the ham and serve this as plain old mac & cheese. This recipe has become a new family favorite. Thanks Mike! NOTE: This recipe freezes well and makes a quick freezer meal.

    List of Ingredients

    6 cups elbow macaroni
    3 cups cooked cubed ham
    White Sauce and Cheese
    4.5 tablespoons butter or margarine
    4.5 tablespoons flour
    3 cups milk
    3/8 teaspoon salt
    24 ounces sharp White Cheddar cheese (grated)
    pepper, to taste


    Begin the cooking process of the macaroni- according to package directions; Add cubed ham (to warm) during the final minute or so of cooking the macaroni; Drain and set aside. 2. While water is heating and macaroni is cooking, make your White Sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat; add Flour and Salt, and cook about 1 minute, stirring constantly with a wire whisk until mixture is smooth and bubbly. 3. Stir the Milk into the mixture and bring to a boil. 4. Stirring constantly, boil mixture for 1 minute. 5. Lower heat and cook until thickened, stirring regularly about 4-6 minutes. 6. (Don't forget to add the ham to the macaroni as it is cooking!). 7. Remove White Sauce from heat; Add cheese; stir until melted; Pepper to taste. 8. Combine cheese sauce with the macaroni and ham in a bowl (or the macaroni pot); stir well. 9. Serve with a yummy green vegetable on the side like green beans or asparagus. 10. Enjoy! 11. CHEF'S NOTES: You may use Medium/Mild Cheddar or maybe even PepperJack with this recipe as well; I would add a little"kick" with the milder cheeses by adding a clove of minced garlic, or by using salami pieces instead of ham- Yum!
    Servings/Yield: 12 servings




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