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Country Ham Mac and Cheese

Serves 4.

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz. macaroni, cooked al dente
  • 6 oz.  Clifty Farm Country Ham slices, medium dice
  • 2 Tsp butter
  • 2 Tsp flour
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 2 oz each smoked gouda and sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350

Boil and drain the pasta until almost dry.

In a heavy sauce pan, melt butter on medium-low temperature.  Add flour.  Whisk constantly until well blended into paste.  Continue stirring until roux has turned slightly brown.

Add milk slowly.  Continue stirring until mixture is smooth and thickens.

Add cheeses.  Continue stirring until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.

Add ham and pasta.  Blend well.

Transfer to ovenproof casserole dish.  Top with extra cheese.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until top is browned and crispy.

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