Ok, before I go any further I must state, I am not a cheese snob. I love cheese, REAL cheese that is. But today, a friend of mine I ran into in the grocery store looked at my cart when I explained it was Good Friday and we are Catholic so I was making homemade macaroni and cheese. She said…why don’t you try the Velveeta macaroni and cheese instead of all of that work. It’s really good.
I admit, I have never made anything with Velveeta before. I didn’t even know where to locate it in the store. But after hearing how easy it was, so quick and creamy, I went out in search. I found it and read the box which boldly declares this is a cheese product. UMMM..what exactly is a cheese product? But I paid the almost $7.00 USD for it anyway and set off for home happy to try something new.
So this is all the ingredients needed (except for black pepper which I forgot to put in the picture and I added the garlic powder on a whim).
So I began by boiling the pasta
Drained it, added the cubed cheese, milk, pepper and a splash of garlic powder and this is what it looked like
as you can see I did not have enough of the elbow macaroni so I had to supplement with some penne. You leave this on low heat until the cheese melts and that’s it.
I wish I could show you how big the pot was that this made. Picture a full pound of pasta covered in this yellow, gooey, sticky mess. I tried adding more milk to thin the cheese out. I tried adding more pepper, more garlic powder, and more milk again. This was horrid!! My 9 year old son who loves my homemade mac and cheese tried it and said, no thanks. My 11 year old looked at it, made a gagging motion and said that’s gross mom and along with her dad would not even taste it. He ordered a fish fry to pick up instead!! This was HUGE fail. And messy, sticky, gross one at that.
I have no idea what that Velveeta is. It stuck to my fingers while trying to cube it, it’s soft and sticky. I tried a piece and thought it tasted plastic like with a hint of cheese flavor but figured it had to get better cooked. NOT!!
So I googled it just out of curiosity. Whoa…tons of people like that stuff. There are recipes all over the place with 4 or more stars. My friend texted me a bit ago asking if we liked it. We are friends so the truth must be told. I said…ABSOLUTELY not and I have a full pot of it if you want to pick it up or it’s going in the garbage, which it did.
Am I missing something here? I’d love to hear from you about your experiences with this cheese product!!