Meanwhile, back at the sandwich, when they first suggested this particular dish I thought that a voracious college student would be the only candidate for eating this. But then I started making it…two slices of soft Pullman bread with a creamy stovetop version of mac and cheese ladled into the center, and then grilled until the bread was golden and crunchy. The Southern husband sidled into the kitchen wanting to know if I was making any extra. And I started thinking to myself that this sandwich might not be half-bad.
It wasn’t half-bad. It was actually pretty dang delicious. As is always the case whenever I make macaroni and cheese anything, so not sure why I was ever doubtful in the first place. So there you have it…my tuition dollars at work! Now I have to dream up something delicious enough to entice them to come home on spring break…
- 3 tablespoons butter
- ⅓ cup flour
- 4 cups whole milk
- ¾ pound macaroni (elbows, small shells, etc)
- 4 cups shredded cheddar
- 8 slices soft bread
- Soft butter
- Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook until flour is slightly brown, about 3-5 minutes
- Pour in milk, whisking constantly until mixture is smooth. Stir until boiling and then reduce heat to low. Simmer until mixture thickens a little, about 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente, drain and return to pot. Remove sauce from heat, whisk in cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Add pasta and stir to coat. This will make a little more mac and cheese than you need for the sandwiches, but there's nothing better than leftover m&c!
- Heat an electric griddle to medium high, or place a large skillet over medium high heat on the stovetop.
- Spread one side of each slice of bread with butter. Place four slices butter-side down and top with a generous amount of mac and cheese (about ½ to ¾ cups). Top with remaining bread slices, butter side up.
- Carefully place on griddle or skillet and cook until first side is golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Flip carefully and cook until second side is golden.
- Remove, cut in half if you like (this works best with a serrated knife) and serve immediately.