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Although technically these are not recipes from Good Eats, these are the winners of the AJC's "Mac & Cheese Contest" of which Alton Brown was one of the judges.
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Mac's Mac 'n' Cheese: 1st Place

Makes 8 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Frankie McCafferty of Dacula sent us this first-place-winning recipe that originated with her
mother. McCafferty added to it over the years and says it's a favorite at family gatherings
and covered dish suppers.

1 1-pound box large elbow macaroni
1 1-pound block New York extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
2 heaping tablespoons butter
2 beaten large eggs
1/8 to 1/4 cup milk or half-and-half
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 to 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) In a large pot of boiling water, cook macaroni according to package directions and drain.
3) Cut cheddar and cream cheese into cubes.
4) To macaroni add butter, cheeses, eggs, milk, salt and pepper.  Mix well.
5) Pour into greased 9-by-13-inch pan.
6) Top with seasoned bread crumbs.
7) Bake 30 minutes.

Per serving: 599 calories, 26 grams protein, 35 grams fat (percent calories from fat, 52), 45 grams
carbohydrates, 179 milligrams cholesterol, 503 milligrams sodium, 1 gram fiber.

'No Bake' Macaroni and Cheese: 2nd Place

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
Eunice Stephens of Gainesville won second place with this recipe from her sister-in-law.
Stephens says the dish will stay creamy even when heated on low in the microwave before
serving.

2 tablespoons margarine
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups cubed Velveeta cheese
8 ounces cooked and drained elbow macaroni

1) In a medium-size saucepan, melt margarine on low heat.
2) When melted, add flour, salt and pepper.
3) Stir to blend well; add milk slowly and cook until thickened.
4) Add cubed cheese and blend to melt.
5) Add cooked and drained elbow macaroni.  Serve.

Per serving: 569 calories, 24 grams protein, 26 grams fat (percent calories from fat, 41), 59 grams
carbohydrates, 57 milligrams cholesterol, 1423 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber.

Grandma's Mac 'n' Cheese: 3rd Place

Makes 6 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Jacqueline Sims of Virginia-Highland placed third with this very easy, very cheesy recipe
she got from her late grandmother. "In her life, cooking had simple, easy ingredients," Sims
says. "They didn't have much, so they created the most delicious, mouthwatering dishes
with what they had available."

1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Salt
8 ounces elbow macaroni
12 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
12 ounces shredded sharp (yellow) cheddar cheese
2 eggs
1 cup milk
Cooking spray
Pepper

1) In medium saucepan half full of water, add olive oil and a pinch of salt; bring to boil.
2) Cook elbow macaroni about 8-10 minutes, until tender.  Drain and set aside.
3) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4) Mix cheeses in a bowl until well-blended; set aside.
5) In a small bowl, beat eggs.
6) Add milk and continue beating until mixed well; set aside.
7) Spray bottom and sides of a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
8) Spread an even layer of about 1/3 of the macaroni in the bottom of the dish.
9) Follow with a layer of about 1/3 of the cheese mixture; sprinkle with a little salt and
    pepper.
10) Repeat this layering 2 more times, ending with cheese and salt and pepper on top. Pour
     egg/milk mixture over the top, distributing evenly. Bake 50 minutes or until cheese is
     golden brown.

Per serving: 657 calories, 36 grams protein, 42 grams fat (percent calories from fat, 58),
32 grams carbohydrates, 195 milligrams cholesterol, 747 milligrams sodium, 1 gram fiber.

The One and Only Mac and Cheese Recipe: 8th Place

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: less than 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Andy Ozment of Georgia Tech's College of Computing e-mailed us this prime fare for the kid
in us all. "There is only one mac and cheese recipe," he writes. "It's the one our mamas raised
us on. It's the one that comforts and nourishes us in our college years. It's the recipe I'll use to
feed my kids."

Curious to see how it fared against the others, we offered it to the judges. It came in
eighth.

1 box Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
Salt

1) Follow stovetop directions on the box.  Microwave is distinctly inferior.
2) The salt is key.

Per serving (using margarine and whole milk): 307 calories, 9 grams protein, 14 grams fat
(percent calories from fat, 41), 36 grams carbohydrates, 10 milligrams cholesterol,
582 milligrams sodium, 1 gram fiber.

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