The summer after I graduated high school, before heading off to college I spent a few weeks with a friend of mine in the outskirts of Milwaukee Wisconsin. To this day I can still remember how breathtakingly beautiful the land was – miles and miles of farm land like I had never seen before! I remember my friend being especially excited that we were home for the Cheese Curd Festival so she could introduce me to “how all cheese should taste.” I admit – I didn’t understand what the big deal was… that is until I tasted it. It is true what they say – there is simply nothing like Wisconsin Cheese.
Great Midwest® Cheeses are Wisconsin-made, artisan cheeses hand-crafted in small batches, using only the purest, certified hormone-free milk for a smooth, natural flavor. No matter what you are putting these delicious cheeses on – from casseroles to cheesecake – every bite has that delicious taste of real Wisconsin Cheese. One of our absolute favorites – the 2- Year Sharp Cheddar – can be paired with some super smoky bacon for a flavor that can’t be beat, especially on my favorite grown-up grilled cheese sandwich. Even hundreds of miles and many years later – with one bite I am suddenly that young girl enjoying my summer in Wisconsin again!
Great tasting cheese makes all the difference – even in the most traditional recipes. The holidays are coming soon and I’m already planning some of our favorite dishes for visiting friends and family. My grandmother’s macaroni and cheese recipe has always been a hit, so I’ll be making it again this year with our favorite cheeses from Great Midwest Cheese. I wanted to share it with you and hope that you love it every bit as much as we do. Enjoy!
1 (7oz) pkg. elbow ready-cut macaroni
2 cups small curd light cottage cheese
1 cup light sour cream
1 slightly beaten egg
¾ tsp. salt
6 oz. Great Western Cheese mild cheddar (can use sharp if preferred)
2 oz. Great Western Cheese Colby jack
1 oz. Great Western Cheese swiss
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well.
Combine cottage cheese, sour cream, egg, salt and pepper.
Add shredded cheese, mixing well.
Stir in cooked macaroni.
Turn into a greased 9x9x2 inch baking dish.
Sprinkle with paprika.
Bake in 400 degree oven for 45 minutes, covered.
Test for doneness in middle. If not almost firm, uncover and cook for 15 minutes more or until done.
Serves 6 – 8
This holiday season you can upgrade your meals with the unmatched taste of Great Midwest Cheeses. Their delicious cheeses are perfect for cooking all of your holiday favorites or even just simply sliced up to snack on and enjoy with your favorite crackers.