I have been the team food coordinator for Brayden’s Friday night dinner before the game. Here is one of the recipes I used last week, doubling it of course when feeding 55 kids and coaches.
Macaroni and Cheese
1 1/2 lbs macaroni (I like to use the big elbow macaroni but you can use what you please)
3 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cups butter
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt
pinch of paprika just for color
3 cups of half and half
1 cup of milk
4 cups of shredded cheese (I use sharp cheddar)
Cook macaroni until tender.
Add together butter and flour in a large pan. When blended and melted together add half and half to mixture and when blended and warm add the cottage cheese, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Then slowly add the shredded cheese until blended and melted in. Then add the last cup of milk.
Place the macaroni into a 9X13 pan and add the cheese mixture to the macaroni and stir together. Add a little paprika for color on the top and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
Super creamy and super good. It was a hit with the football players!
Then I made my favorite sugar cookies in the shape of a football, so much fun!
1lb (4 sticks) butter divided (do not use vegetable or oil spreads)
2 3/4 cups flour
1 package (18.25 oz.) white cake mix
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Microwave 2 sticks of butter until melted. Slice remaining butter into 1/2 inch piece; add to melted butter, tossing to coat. Allow butter to sand 3-5 minutes or until softened.
In a separate bowl, add cake mix to flour; blend well to break up any large lumps.
Mix butter until smooth and free of lumps. If necessary, return butte to microwave for a few more seconds until creamy and pourable. Do not melt completely. Pour butter, all at once into dry ingredients, thoroughly scraping the sides.
Drop cookies Bake 15-17 minutes, very light golden brown. Cut-out cookies; Put dough onto well-floured surface (I use powdered sugar to roll it on rather than flour). Add up to 1/2 cup additional flour as needed to form firm dough. Divide into 3 portions. Roll out and cut the cookie shapes. Bake 15-17 minutes very light golden brown.
A picture of what the butter consistency should look like when adding to dry ingredients.
Feeding the football players this season has been an honor especially when they show their gratitude with a big “Thank you Mrs. Lasher” after each meal.