Claim Jumper is a restaurant chain headquartered in California with 45 locations through out the western states. They are known for a large menu with a wide range of foods. The menu features a wide range of foods, including sandwiches, pizzas, and salads, but focuses mainly on meats such as steaks, and ribs. They have become well known for their signature desserts. Claim Jumper has licensed its name to frozen food producer American Pie, LLC to create a line of frozen dinners, which are sold in grocery stores.

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Macaroni and Cheese



MACARONI AND CHEESE
Claim Jumper Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

2 cups (8 oz.) elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter, divided plus extra for greasing pan
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups whole or skim milk
1/2 onion, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 1/4 cups grated sharp Cheddar or Colby cheese, divided
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs

Bring 6 cups water and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt to rolling boil in medium saucepan. Add macaroni and cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and put in large bowl. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Stir in onion, bay leaf and paprika. Simmer gently, stirring often, 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove bay leaf. Stir in macaroni. Pour half of mixture into greased, deep 1 1/2-quart baking dish and sprinkle with half of remaining cheese. Top with remaining macaroni and remaining cheese. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in small skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and toss to coat. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over top of macaroni. Bake at 350 degrees. until bread crumbs are lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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