Toothsome Images / Recipes perfect for leftovers

03.26.2013

Chocolate bunny and jellybean sugar overload is upon us this Sunday. The looming leftover Easter ham and the many found Easter eggs will be filling your fridge. Remedy the sugar crash and make what’s old new with these recipes. First, create the ultimate comfort food by integrating ham in a homey mac and cheese casserole. Then use up those Easter eggs and color them with curry powder, for a deliciously health-conscious Curried Egg-White Salad Sandwich, courtesy of Roman Meal.

Ham Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese with Ham
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon, at room temperature, for preparing the dish
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 ¼ cups milk
½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon hot-pepper sauce
5 cups (12 ounces) shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
12 ounces small elbow macaroni
3 cups ½ inch-dice bourbon and brown sugar-crusted ham
½ cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or other unseasoned bread crumbs
½ cup (2 ounces) freshly grated parmesan cheese, preferably parmigiano-reggiano

Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use the 1 tablespoon butter to butter a 9-by-13-inch flameproof baking dish.

In a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is very lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk about 1 cup at a time. Whisk in the salt, mustard, and hot pepper sauce. Bring to simmer, whisking frequently, and cook, continuing to whisk, until the sauce thickly coats a spoon, about 5 minutes. Add the cheddar and cook, stirring constantly, until it melts. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Fill a 4-quart or larger pot with water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still quite chewy, about 6 minutes. (Do not overcook the pasta; it will continue to cook while baking.) Drain in a colander, shaking out as much water as possible.

Mix the macaroni with the ham and spread in the prepared baking dish. Pour the sauce evenly over the top. In a small bowl, stir together the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the macaroni.

Bake until bubbly and crispy brown at the edges, about 30 minutes. If the crumbs have not browned handsomely, place the casserole under the broiler for a few seconds before serving.

Serves 6 to 8

Curried Egg White Salad Sandwich

Curried Egg-White Salad Sandwich
4 Hard-boiled eggs
3 tablespoons Low-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoons Fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon White vinegar
½ teaspoon Curry powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 slices Roman meal bread

Remove eggshells, separating egg whites from yolks; dice egg whites. Combine diced egg whites with mayonnaise, onion, parsley, vinegar and curry powder in small bowl. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Spread egg salad between slices of bread, creating 2 sandwiches.

Serves 2

About the author: Darcie expresses her grand appreciation for food photography, curating the stock website Toothsome Images. Her eye for detail makes her a powerhouse in the production of special projects. Outside of work you can find her playing in her garden or riding her bike while posting awesome bike photos to Instagram @idarcie


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