One of the nations that have influenced Caribbean cuisine is the closest, the USA. Referred to in many islands simply as “pie,” macaroni cheese is standard fare and always a winner, especially with children.
There are several variations of this dish. Adding 2-3 tablespoons of tomato ketchup or tomato salsa gives a nice orange color and added flavor.
You can use different pasta, such as penne or rotini, to make Barbadian-made Macaroni Pie. Adding two small tins of tuna is also an option, making it more of a main course than a side dish.
You will need the following ingredients:
- 8oz/250g macaroni(preferably long tubes as opposed to typical American macaroni)
- One tablespoon of butter or margarine
- 12oz/375g sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- One egg
- 1 cup 8floz/240ml milk
- Two teaspoons of onion powder
- One teaspoon of hot English mustard
- One teaspoon of white pepper
- One teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper sauce or cayenne pepper (optional)
- Two tablespoons of fine breadcrumbs
- Two teaspoons butter
- Two tablespoons of grated cheddar cheese
Bring water to a boil and add the broken-up macaroni, elbows, and salt. Cook uncovered until tender but not overcooked (about 8 minutes).
Preheat a moderately hot oven to 350F, 180C, or Gas Mark 4.
Drain the macaroni thoroughly, put it back into the same hot saucepan cooked in, and mix in the butter.
Grate the cheese and mix it with the macaroni while it is still warm.
Whisk the egg until fluffy, and add the milk, onion powder, white pepper, salt, pepper sauce, and mustard. Pour in with the macaroni and mix.
Place in a greased ovenproof casserole dish. Top with butter, some grated cheese, and fine breadcrumbs. Bake in the center of the oven for about 30-45 minutes, depending on the dish’s depth.
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