The State of the Macaroni Address

The State of the Union address is tonight! Are you excited? I’m excited.
Unfortunately, I’m going to be at the gym working off this next delicious dish while the president speaks, but after I break a sweat I’ll be back here with an update on all the action! Highlights of President Obama’s speech and the Republican response. These types of annual political events get me excited about America and voting and the whole game that is the political system. It’s like watching a great sports game – it can be passionate, surprising, and sometimes you get angry over bad calls.

So, while we wait for the speeches, let’s play a word association game.

America –> The 4th of July

The 4th of July –> Hamburgers!

 

Which leads me to this: What do you do with a leftover half a hamburger???

Usually I’d just nuke it in the microwave for a minute until the bread was leathery and the cheese was sizzling, then dip it in what most people would probably believe to be a disgusting amount of barbecue sauce. However, tonight I decided to get fancy…sort of.


Question: What is equally if not more American than hamburgers – besides barbecue and chicken fingers and Wal-Mart?
Answer: Macaroni and Cheese. Or rather, Cheeseburger Macaroni.

I just wanted to do something different with my leftovers for once.

First I melted some shredded cheddar cheese in a pot with a little bit of butter and milk. Just eye the proportions, depending on how much pasta you are using (I was using leftover pasta, as well, so it wasn’t much).I added a dash of cayenne pepper and hot sauce to the cheese because I like a little heat and dimension. It will give the dish a bit of a kick, without punching you in the taste buds.

Whilst the cheddar melted, I took the hamburger half out from between its soggy bun and chopped it up. I then melted about 2 tbsp butter in a pan and threw in the hamburger with a healthy dose of Worcestershire sauce to bring it back to life (it gets lonely in between those soggy buns with nothing but a limp piece of lettuce to keep you company!)

In the end, I tossed the pasta and hamburger in with the melted cheese, gave it a good stir, and let it sit on the hot stove for just a minute until they melded together in perfect harmony.

The hamburger then thanked me for saving it from such a sad, sad microwaved fate.

Try it out and please experiment with this dish! It’d be difficult to go wrong, since it’s all based on what strikes your fancy.

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One Comment to “The State of the Macaroni Address”

  1. Oh my goodness! That look so good! I won’t lie to you.. When I saw the leftover hamburger I was like.. “But it’s already amazing as it is!” But then I took a peak at the cheeseburger macaroni. And I approve. Haha! I am starving right now too so.. FOOD. 🙂

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