Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Best Mac and Cheese Recipe EVER!

So you've read the title and your first thought was "yeah right".  It's a bold statement I know, but true none the less.  Don't believe me?  Try the recipe, and if you still think that you have a better Mac and Cheese then feel free to cook some up for me!


Prepare for the second installment of Food Plus Beer's Sunday Football recipes.  The mouthwatering cheesiness pictured below is sure to win the hearts of your family and friends.  As always, grab a beer before you start.

The Best Mac and Cheese Recipe EVER!

1 lb curly pasta (gemelli or cellentani)
1/2 lb Bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
9 Tablespoons bacon fat (reserved)

3 Tablespoons butter
6 Tablespoons of flour
3 cups whole milk
1 lb extra sharp yellow cheddar cheese (buy a block and shred it yourself - a MUST)
2 cups cheddar crackers (like Goldfish or Cheez-It)
Salt
Fresh cracker black pepper

Boil water for pasta.  Salt the water and par-cook the pasta just shy of al dente.

Cook Bacon in a frying pan over medium heat until crispy.

While bacon is cooking grind cheddar crackers.  I find that the easiest way to do this is to just put them in a Ziploc bag and have at them with a rolling pin.


Remove bacon and reserve fat drippings in a jar, as well as leaving about 3 Tablespoons of grease in the pan.

Add butter to pan.  When melted combine flour with the butter and whisk constantly until incorporated to form a roux.  When flour begins to brown a little slowly add milk and continue whisking.  Do not add all of the milk at once.  Add a little bit at a time and combine thoroughly before adding more.




Once all of the milk is mixed in add 3/4 of the cheese.  Mix until cheese is melted and fully combined.  Add crushed black pepper and salt to taste.


Put pasta in a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Cover with cheese sauce and half of the bacon then mix.  Top with the remaining 1/4 lb of cheese.  Next, combine ground cheddar crackers with 6 tablespoons of bacon fat and cover the top of the pasta.  Last, crumble the remaining bacon on top.



Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Finish off on broil for about ten minutes for a nice crispy crust on top.



Now that is some ROCKIN' Mac and Cheese.  If you try it, post a comment below and let us know what you think.  Enjoy!

-Kyle

5 comments:

  1. Ahhh..that pulled pork in an oven looks good..and well done..really like it..will probably start shopping for the ingredients on that one for the holloween..family’s coming over..and will also make a blue stilton cheese and veggies salad to complement the pork..yum!

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  2. I just put in the dish for 30 min,come to report and say that it looks really good. I will come back in an hour or so and tell you all how it was :D

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  3. The mac&cheese is finished,here are some pictures
    http://imgur.com/a/hLIpC

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  4. vali2109 - that looks totally awesome, good work!

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