I made a "healthier" version of this recipes for Thanksgiving and got great reviews. The orginial recipe looked too rich and heavy for my taste, so I took out a bunch of stuff to make it work as a side dish. I thought the flavors and the spices were great, but I made the following modifications to make it healthier without compromising too much of the flavor. I omited the sour cream and cream cheese b/c I didn't have any; I used 2 cups of grated Gouda and 2 cups of Cheddar instead of 4 cups each; I sprinkled a generous amount of parmesan cheese on top.I only used 1 Tbsp of butter for the noodles; I used 8 strips of turkey bacon and cooked the onions in the bacon fat without oil in a nonstick pan, and also double the panko per everyone's suggestions.
People were saying the prep time was a lot longer than listed, and for me it was because of the thickening of the milk. I took me about 20 minutes for all the flour and butter to melt in the milk, and if I had known it would take that long, I would have started it the same time I boiled water for the noodles. Some reviews said their mixture looked soupy, so I added 5 heaping Tbsp of flour and added a bay leave to this milk while it thickened.
I think if I used all cheese and butter, it would be too heavy for my taste. This way I could eat more of it without feeling TOO guilty. I really liked it though and will definitely be making it again! Hope this helps anyone looking for a "healthier" version of this recipe.
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I made a "healthier" version of this recipes for Thanksgiving and got great reviews. The...