Friday, September 6, 2013

Curious Corningware Cookmate - Mysterious Macaroni & Cheese

You've already seen my Electromatic skillet in action, complete with P-22-B flat bottomed skillet in Trefoil, but I have another.  Another P-22-B that is.  It's one of those mystery patterns, about which, I cannot find any information.  Not a bit.  Not in books, not on the internet; absolutely nowhere.  I would think that it may be a European made piece, but it has P-series handles on it, which means that it is pre-1972.

I like to call it Black Scroll, but for all I know, it was simply a variation on the Trefoil pattern.  There are other patterns that have multiple print designs.  Pastel Bouquet is an excellent example of this.  Depending on the piece, the floral pattern is slightly different.  Fruit Basket is another one where the design changes depending on the pieces. Then again, both of these are P-22-B skillets, so it's not really a matter of a different design print on different sized pieces.

Another Corningware Mystery.

Though the skillet may be perplexing, there is nothing all that enigmatic about good old Mac & Cheese. Normally, I am a hard core "Baked" Mac kind of guy.  There are occasions, however, when I like a good skillet Mac; which tends to be more like the "Blue Box" stuff. (without the disturbingly orange powder)  I just cannot bring myself to accept anything labeled as Powdered Cheese Food Product to be actual edible cheese.  This time, I am using Fontina and Havarti, but that was simply because they were in my refrigerator.  This is just as delicious with 8 oz of Sharp Cheddar.

Since this is Corningware, I went ahead and finished it off under the broiler to get that crunchy breadcrumb topping. 

Skillet Macaroni & Cheese

2 cups Whole Milk
4 cups Water
4 TB Unsalted Butter
1/2 cup Panko
8 oz Elbow Macaroni (I like the vegetable kind)
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1 Garlic Clove, minced
4 oz Danish Fontina, shredded
4 oz Havarti, shredded

1 Quart Saucemaker (P-55/P-64)
1 Electromatic Skillet (P-12-ES) with Dish (P-22-B) and P-12-C cover

Begin heating the milk in your Saucemaker, set over medium-low flame. (it doesn't need to be "hot", just warm)

Pour 4 cups of water into the Electromatic skillet.

Turn the heater base up to 425F Degrees to bring the water to a boil.

Meanwhile, melt 4 TB Unsalted Butter.

Add the Panko and stir with a fork to coat the Panko; set aside.

When the Water in the SK10 Skillet is begins to boil....

add the Macaroni and stir.

Reduce the temperature to 275F Degrees and continue boiling the macaroni, stirring frequently, until almost all of the water has been absorbed. (about 8-10 minutes)

Add the warmed Milk....

Along with the Salt, Pepper and Garlic.

Stir well and bring the heat up to 350F Degrees, cooking for 5 minutes.

Reduce the temperature to 200F Degrees and add the Cheese.

Stir until melted and homogeneous.

Partially cover and simmer at 200F Degrees for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, turn on the Oven Broiler.
Once you are done simmering the cheese sauce, remove the SK10 dish from the Electromatic Heater base and sprinkle with the Butter soaked Panko.

Place under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes, or until all browned and crispy.

 Now is the time to enjoy!

Where is your Corningware??

1 comment:

  1. The scroll patterned skillet turns up in the Better Homes and Gardens Casserole Cookbook published in 1961. So it's at least that old. Love your blog!


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