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A Special Thanksgiving Wednesday Workshop

This week’s Wednesday Workshop video is a special holiday-themed message… It’s a bit different than what we’ve done in the past, we hope you’ll enjoy it!

If you’d like to watch the companion video – Watch Martha here
VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Hey there it’s Shaun and Greg, also known as the Hair and the Beard – and you are so lucky this week!

Why are they so lucky Shaun?

Cause this week, we’re jumping the shark!

That’s right – y’all are so lucky because we’re sharing a recipe that we eat everyday with our families that you’ll definitely want on your Thanksgiving dinner table.

Oh man! I’m so excited!

Martha Stewart calls it Perfect Macaroni and Cheese, but we call it Martha’s Mac.

If you’re bringing a dish to a family member or friend’s house for Thanksgiving or Christmas or a holiday dinner, make this and you’ll be bringing home an empty dish.

The only way you’ll return home with any of this left is if people are worried they’ll look like fat pigs feasting on this unbelievable MAC! If you’re hosting, be sure to add this champion of food creation.

To serve 12 – or me and the Hair – here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6 slices of good quality white bread (I like the fresh country white you can buy from the bakery at most grocery stores)… you’ll want to remove the crusts and tear these bread slices into one quarter to one half inch pieces.
  • 8 tablespoons or one stick of unsalted butter
  • 5 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups (about 18 ounces) grated sharp white cheddar
  • 2 cups (about 8 ounces) grated Gruyere or 1 1/4 cups (about 5 ounces) grated pecorino Romano
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni

What the heck do you do with all these ingredients?

We’re including a link below where you can go and watch Martha herself put the whole thing together, but we know you’d prefer to watch us just talk you through with no food demonstration whatsoever… So here’s what you do:

  1. 1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish; set aside. Place bread pieces in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Pour butter into the bowl with bread, and toss. Set the breadcrumbs aside. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, heat milk. Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add flour. Cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  2. 2. Slowly pour hot milk into flour-butter mixture while whisking. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick.
  3. 3. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 3 cups cheddar,
    and 1 1/2 cups Gruyere or 1 cup pecorino Romano. Set cheese sauce aside.
  4. 4. Fill a large saucepan with water. Bring to a boil. Add macaroni; cook 2 to 3 fewer minutes than manufacturer’s directions, until outside of pasta is cooked and inside is underdone. (Different brands of macaroni cook at different rates; be sure to read the instructions.) Transfer the macaroni to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain well. Stir macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce.
  5. 5. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 cups cheddar and 1/2 cup Gruyere or 1/4 cup pecorino Romano; scatter breadcrumbs over the top. Bake until browned on top, about 30 minutes. Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool for 5 min and serve.

Instead of comments or questions this week, we’ll gladly accept your praise, appreciation and 5 star reviews in the comments section below.

Have a happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you next week with another Wednesday workshop from DealerOn!

Author Greg Gifford

Greg Gifford is the Director of Search and Social at DealerOn. He has over 15 years of online marketing and web design experience, and has specialized in automotive SEO for the last 5 years helping hundreds of auto dealers thrive while the industry has struggled during the recession. Greg speaks internationally at both automotive and SEO conferences, teaching thousands of small business owners and marketers how to get their sites to show up higher in local search rankings. Greg also spends his spare time doing freelance website design and SEO for local businesses. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA in Cinema and Communications, and has an obscure movie quote for just about any situation. He is an international SEO speaker, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the DFWSEM, an organization dedicated to promoting search engine marketing through best practices. His local search tips and tricks can be easily found online and Greg can be reached at GGifford@DealerOn.com.

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