Superbowl snack-attack

I’ve recently decided to take up becoming a more domestic individual. Most the things I cook are frozen or from whatever restaurant in the area is having a special, but I am working toward changing that.

In efforts to be a better cook, I first tried making homemade sausage gravy. I followed this recipe with ease and the final result was delicious. It’s simple and to the point, and yields amazing results. I also made eggs and biscuits to create a type of skillet breakfast you can find at a local diner.

After my amazing success, I decided to continue trying to recipes thinking that everything would go as wonderfully. The Superbowl was coming up so I decided that was going to be my time to shine. Since I’m not much of a sports enthusiast, I figured that a new recipe would be a good way to get me excited for the days events.

My friends were having a potluck for the game, so I knew I would have a nice test audience for my new creation. After scouring Pintrest and Foodgawker for an hour, I finally decided upon a recipe for Macaroni and Cheese Baked Cheese Balls.

I must admit, when I first found the recipe the only thing I looked at was the ingredients list. Once I saw that minimal ingredients were required, I went for it. If you decide to make these DO NOT START THE DAY OF THE EVENT. I repeat, DO NOT START THE DAY OF THE EVENT. Do yourself a favor and read the complete instructions for completing the recipe.

Around 3 p.m. I decided to go to the grocery store and get my required ingredients (I also bought whipping cream and extra cheese to jazz up the mac). Upon reading the rest of the instructions, I found out that to get the best results, I should refrigerate the macaroni for no less than 1 day before baking. I had 3 hours.

I went to work ASAP, whipping up the mac as fast as I could. Then I put it in the freezer, hoping for better results. I was even so desperate as to turn down the temperature of my freezer in hopes of chilling the mac quicker. After about an hour and a half, it was time for me to start forming the balls and baking.

To say it was messy would be an understatement, my hands were soon covered in cheese, egg, flower and panko crumbs. The mac n’ cheese had definitely not hardened enough to form into balls, but I did the best I could with what I had. Which at one point, was a terribly large blob of orange goo.

Despite how much I wanted to give up, I knew I couldn’t just throw everything in the garbage and buy a container of Lofhouse cookies (I thought a lot about it though). I tried as hard as I could to make it work, and in the end. It worked out. Kind of. My appetizer looked nothing like the picture, but they were pretty damn tasty and I received many compliments from the attendees of the potluck.

I definitely didn’t have the best experience with this recipe, but it was my fault and the end was definitely worth it.

Life lesson learned: read directions thoroughly.

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