Mena's Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onion Recipe Reviews - Allrecipes.com (Pg. 2)
Reviewed: Oct. 29, 2007
I loved the concept of this recipe. I also agree, cut the bread crumbs in half. I added about a 1/2 cup of white wine also. I didn't delete anything, just added the wine with the other liquids. It was divine when it was just sauce. My small kids loved it. Then we put it together and added the bread crumbs and baked. The three of them said, "too many bread crumbs, can't taste anything else." So cut the crumbs in half, add the wine, and Bon Appetite!
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Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2007
I agree with previous reviewer's complaint of too much bread crumbs. Hubby complained that the bread crumbs overpowered/detracted from the mac and cheese, and I totally agree. The caramelized onion flavor is nice. I doubled the amount of cheese. Did not taste the mustard or cayenne at all. Previous reviewer is right on target with eliminating the chicken broth and just adding additional milk - I bought a can of chicken broth and used just a partial amount which was a waste of money; I can't see where the chicken broth enhanced the recipe at all. Without the caramelized onions I'd give this 2 stars, 3 stars if you halve or delete the bread crumbs - the caramelized onions bring it up another star to a 4.
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Reviewed: Oct. 13, 2007
This takes too long to make. I have a tried and true mac n' cheese recipe, so I rarely try others. But this one sounded so good that I couldn't resist. Unfortunately, it's not as good as it sounds. I didn't have any cayenne so I used paprika. Don't think it made much of a difference. I thought one cup for breadcrumbs was a bit much but I went against my instinct and used the entire cup. Big mistake, because it was a big factor in ruining the recipe. All you could taste were breadcrumbs; seriously, it was like eating a mouthful of gravel. Also, I used 12 oz of macaroni instead of 8 because it really didn't seem like enough. Either 12 oz is too much or 30 minutes is too long to bake the dish because it was really dry. Could hardly taste the cheese; like I said, all you could taste were breadcrumbs. I used a large, sweet Mayan onion and I thought it would be too much, but after the onion carmelized for 1/2 hour it shrank down to almost nothing. If I make this recipe again (and that's a BIG IF) I will use only 1/2 the breadcrumbs, twice the onion; if I use 12 oz mac I will add 6 oz shredded jack and definitely will not bake it for 30 minutes. More like 15, probably. What cheese and onion flavors I did taste underneath all those crumbs did not impress me. I also didn't think the broth was necessary. I would use 1/2 n 1/2 or more milk.
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