March 31, 2011
Smokey Cheddar and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
So there I was, minding my own business in the supermarket when I stumbled upon smoked cheddar. Self I said, what could we do with this here treasure? Macaroni and Cheese would be delish with a smoky twist don't you think? Yes, I do think.
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I just put this together using the standard proceedures for mac and cheese, but you could heat this up a bit by adding some jalepino's if you wanted. I'm not a huge heat fan, so I'll just stick with the way I made it.
I didn't take a lot of pictures, I apologize. I bet you can figure it out though. I have faith in you.
This is very flavorful, nice and smoky. The texture is wonderful especially when you get a bit of the crispy bacon sprinkled on top. I hope you like it.
What you'll need.
Bacon - half a package - cut into pieces.
1 lb uncooked elbow noodles
1 quart milk
6 Tbsp butter
1/2 C. flour
4 C. grated smoked cheddar
4 C. grated sharp cheddar
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Cook the cut up bacon in a skillet until crispy. Let the oil drain off by putting the cooked bacon onto a plate with a papertowl. Let sit until needed in a few minutes.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt and stir in the uncooked noodles. Cook until al-dente (about 6-8 minutes). Drain.
While the pasta is cooking; melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. When melted add the flour and cook for about a minute or so. Use a whisk so there are no clumps. Slowely add the milk while whisking to ensure no lumps. Bring back up to a bubble and stir constantly until thickened. Add the grated cheese and stir until smooth. Mix in the nutmeg and pepper and a little more salt if needed.
When the noodles are done and drained, stir them into the cheese mixture. Stir in about half of the crispy bacon. Pour this mixture into a 9x13 dish and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes before serving. When serving, add more crispy bacon on top.