Mississippi on the Menu

Dairy Delights from Mississippi

There are 82 Grade-A dairy herds in Mississippi that contribute $32 million in value of production of milk in 2015.  Milk is the only crop that is harvested daily.  Cows are milked at least twice a day every day with sanitary milking machines.

Dairy products are the primary source of calcium in the American diet, accounting for 76% of the calcium in food.  Annual milk consumption in the U.S. averages 22 gallons per person.

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Nancy’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese with panko bacon topping

  • 1 Stick butter
  • 16 oz. pkg. elbow macaroni
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt plus 1 ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups or a 12 ounce pkg. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 can condensed cheese soup
  • Large can evaporated milk
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 ½ – 2 cups panko crumbs

Preheat oven to 350˚. Place butter in 9 x 13 inch baking dish and put in oven to melt.

Whisk together condensed cheese soup, whole milk and evaporated milk in a separate container and set aside.

When margarine is completely melted, pour in uncooked macaroni, salt and pepper. Stir until macaroni is coated with butter.

Sprinkle cheese over macaroni and then pour milk mixture over all. Do not stir and do not cover dish. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes. Do not stir while baking.

Cook bacon strips in a skillet until crisp. Place on paper towels to drain. Crumble bacon and set aside. Wipe out skillet to remove excess bacon grease. Toss panko crumbs in skillet, stirring to toast.Mix bacon crumbles and toasted crumbs and sprinkle on top of macaroni and cheese before serving.

Information prepared by Nancy Freeman, Consultant, msunancyf@bellsouth.net

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