Maxwell Street Mac and Cheese


Maxwell Street is an east-west street in Chicago, Illinois that intersects with Halsted Street just south of Roosevelt Road. The Maxwell Street neighborhood is one of the city’s oldest residential districts. It is notable as the location of the celebrated Maxwell Street Market and the birthplace of Chicago Blues and the “Maxwell Street Polish (sausage sandwich).” This sandwich, along with many other food items,  was sold by street vendors. Many a time, after leaving Chicago Stadium (home of the Chicago Bulls), we would stop and pickup a sandwich or two to eat on the way home.Maxwell Street Polish Sausage

The uniqueness of the Maxwell Street Polish Sausage sandwich with it’s distinctive flavors was the inspiration for this recipe! Although you could use any smoked sausage for this recipe, I recommend the Chicago original!

Bobaks Maxwell Street Polish Sausage

It is still available in Chicago or by mail order and in my opinion, is the best smoked polish sausage you can find!

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Maxwell Street Mac and Cheese
Recipe by: Randy Pollak
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Rating: 5
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Course Side Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray a half-size aluminum steam table pan with cooking spray. Cook pasta according to package directions; then drain.
    2. Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion 4 to 5 min. or until softened, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and smoked sausage; cook and stir 30 seconds or until fragrant.
    3. Increase heat to medium-high. Add beer and bring to boil. Boil 1 min. to reduce slightly. Whisk in cream cheese until melted. Whisk in milk, cheddar cheese, and salt whisking constantly until cheese melts. Simmer 3 to 4 min. or until slightly thickened, (sauce will still be quite thin), stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in pasta; spoon into baking pan.
    4. Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Stir in breadcrumbs and green onions until coated; sprinkle over pasta.
    5. Bake 30 to 40 min. or until casserole is hot and bubbly and breadcrumbs are brown and crisp. Let stand 10 min. before serving.
Recipe Notes

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 305 Calories; 16g Fat (47.3% calories from fat); 13g Protein; 27g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 49mg Cholesterol; 397mg Sodium.

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