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 Recipes: Apple and Gruyere Cheese Macaroni with Smithfield Ham

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Apple and Gruyere Cheese Macaroni with Smithfield Ham

Apple and gruyere cheese macaroni with Smithfield ham.4 Apples (peeled, cored, and diced into small cubes), Fuji or Golden Delicious
8 c. Elbow Macaroni (cooked)
5 c. Half and Half
1/2 c. Smithfield Ham, diced
1 c. Gruyere cheese (grated) for sprinkling on top later
2 Tbsp. Butter (unsalted)
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large saucepan on medium to hot heat, melt butter, add ham and apples and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add half-and-half and bring to a boil. Add 3/4 cup Gruyere cheese and bring to a boil again. Reduce to a simmer and whisk until cheese has melted and starts to make a sauce.

Add cooked macaroni and toss until coated well. Pour into a casserole dish, sprinkle with remaining cheese on top. Brown under broiler. Serve hot.

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