So this was really good. The only drawback was, I didn’t use a big enough dish and the sauce overfleweded and made a mess on the counter. And I hadn’t even been drinking. But that was before I put it in the oven. Once in there, it behaved. So all’s well that ends well, and thank you, Mr. Shakespeare.
This is a little fussier than I usually get, but I fancied something … well … fancy.
I melted some butter and pan-toasted some fresh sage leaves, because I love those crispy little morsels of concentrated flavor! Should have transferred them to a paper towel, but I didn’t. My bad. Set them aside for garnish, anyway. If you do that bit. Not necessary, just fancy.
Boil the macs to al dente, maybe 8 minutes. Drain.
Melt two or three tablespoons of vegan margarine or butter in a saucepan (I used the same one I used to boil the macs). Stir in some chopped onion (I used green onion, because I had some languishing in the fridge) and some smoked paprika. Stir in two or three tablespoons of flour and some salt. When that’s all stirred in, add a cup and a half of milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens.
Grease a casserole dish. Put in a layer of macs. Here’s where I went wrong: You should put some sauce on next, so it runs easily all down and amongst the macs. Do a layer of asparagus. I used nasty canned asparagus bits, because I like them, okay? Do a layer of cheese. Repeat, topping with any remaining sauce.
Bake at 350F for about half an hour. Top with sage, if you did the sage thing.
Yeah, that was good.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character does something uncharacteristically fancy.
p.s. I just noticed I didn’t include a writing prompt on Monday’s post, so here’s an extra one:
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character has to sell something they’ve made with love.