The latter recipe is literally what the name describes.
For a more traditional recipe and a primer on the history of the dish (Thomas Jefferson and 19th century Philadelphia) check the recipe for Yesterdish’s Chorizo and Chiles Macaroni and Cheese.
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|From the notebook of J.L. from Avon Lake, Ohio. Dated 1915.|
Butter a baking dish; put on a thin layer of mashed potatoes. Add a layer of cold meat. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper and moisten it with gravy.
Put a thin layer of mashed potatoes on top and bake in oven until heated through.
Baked Macaroni with Cheese
1-1/2 c. of macaroni
1/2 c. of grated cheese
1-1/2 c. of crumbs
Put a layer of boiled macaroni into a buttered baking dish and sprinkle it with salt and pepper and add the rest of the cheese and cover the top with crumbs. Bake in a moderate oven until cheese melts and until crumbs are browned.