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Old 01-14-2019, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs, NC
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I informed the family that I was making homemade mac n cheese last night when my son requested that I add some "meat" to the recipe. He said he wanted to try it with ground beef, I had some handy so I gave it a shot.

I browned the beef with salt/pepper and garlic powder and added it to the mac n cheese prior to baking in the oven. Overall, I'd do it again with some tweaks (which brings me here).

The flavor was fine but I just felt like I was missing something in there. My first thought was to have some sort of mustard in there with the beef, or something to cut through the cheese. I Googled a handful of recipes but some had tomatoes in the recipe and that's not really the direction I wanted to go in.

If anyone adds meat to the mac and cheese, what do you add and how do you prepare it?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-14-2019, 03:19 PM
 
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The lobster was missing
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Old 01-14-2019, 03:24 PM
 
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We have chili mac the day after we have chili. What if you added some chili?
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Old 01-14-2019, 03:26 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Well, there's always the field camp version: brown the hamburger in a skillet over a campfire, dump the cooked contents of that blue and yellow box on top of it, stir in the powdered you-don't-really-want-to-know-the-ingredients package, and inhale. Either I have no palette or the day's 10 hours of hard hiking and freezing temperatures made it taste great.
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Old 01-14-2019, 03:38 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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I'd also go the chili mac direction.
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:45 PM
 
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A little cayenne powder.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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If it were me, I'd brown the meat with some chopped onion and garlic. If you don't like garlic, skip that.

But I think the onion sauteed with the meat adds flavor. You could also add some chopped herb or parsley to the meat mixture.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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Honestly, My Grandfather liked Mac and meat.. Salt is the answer..
It's bland unless you do as above and spice it up a bit...
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Troy, NY
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I informed the family that I was making homemade mac n cheese last night when my son requested that I add some "meat" to the recipe. He said he wanted to try it with ground beef, I had some handy so I gave it a shot.
You can try a blend of meat: beef/pork/lamb
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Old 01-15-2019, 04:32 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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A splash of Lea & Perrins?
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