Southern Pimento Mac N' Cheese
Recently, my wife and I attended an event at the Alabama Governor’s Mansion called, “A Taste Through Time: Celebrating 200 years of Alabama Food,” which was organized by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. Alabama celebrated its 200th anniversary of statehood on December 14th, 2019, and this event was part of a three-year celebration of Alabama’s people, places, and food that form our state’s rich history.
This event, held on the grounds of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion, featured a culinary tour through every region of the state. There were three food tents set up that offered dishes unique to each region including the north Alabama region, the central Alabama region,
and the gulf coast.
The event was catered by Kathy G & Company, a renowned Birmingham-based
catering and event design firm. The food was fabulous and included dishes from the north region such as the slow roasted smoked pulled pork with six regional sauces. My favorite sauce was the lower Alabama pecan spiced BBQ sauce. The sweetness of the sauce combined with the smokiness of the meat was a great combination. The Lane Cake, which was named as Alabama’s official state dessert in 2016, was served in cupcake form. It is a white cake made with a pecan, coconut and raisin filling. The gulf-coast region included dishes such as seafood gumbo, mini fried catfish PO-boys, and pickled shrimp. The central
region included some food that I had never tried before such as the wood-fired quail. It was marinated in toasted juniper berries, lemon thyme, and olive oil; it was very tender. The homemade banana pudding moon pies were also a hit.
However, my favorite dish was the Southern Pimento Mac N’ Cheese! I love anything with cheese in it. Macaroni and cheese has always been a comfort for me, even when I was a child I could sit and eat bowls and bowls of the boxed macaroni and cheese! Even now, when I am loading my plate up for dinner, half of it will be meat, and the other half will be a superfluous
amount of mac n’ cheese. Haha.
I contacted Kathy G Company, and Kathy so graciously emailed me the recipe for their Southern Pimento Mac N’ Cheese to share with all of my readers. Macaroni N Cheese is a very popular side dish, and would be great to serve at any dinner party alongside a baked ham or a roasted Turkey. Or, just have a bowl of it by itself!
Pimento Mac N’ Cheese
1 lb. Ridged elbow macaroni
1 qt. milk
4 oz. Diced Pimentos (in jar)
1 tsp. Tabasco
¼ lb. butter
½ cup flour
2-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (divided)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 casserole dish
Cook pasta according to directions on the package. Drain well.
Heat milk in saucepan.
In another pan, melt butter and add flour. Whisk for two minutes and slowly add to milk, stirring constantly until smooth.
Add Parmesan and cheddar cheese to sauce. (save out a little cheddar cheese to sprinkle on top).
Stir until smooth. Add diced pimentos, Tabasco, and salt and pepper to taste.
Top with a little extra sharp cheddar cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
(Recipe from Kathy G & Company)