Crazy Cooking Challenge---Macaroni and Cheese



I am very happy to be taking part in the



Crazy Cooking Challenge


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The challenge this month is Macaroni and Cheese.  I found a wonderful recipe from

Our Life in the Kitchen

The recipe is for Bacon Macaroni and Cheese.  



I know, I know, you ask how could Mac and Cheese be any more rich and decadent?   But believe me, adding the bacon took it to the next level.
It was absolutely delicious!!  
This recipe was super easy, compared to other homemade mac and cheese recipes and was unbelievably rich.  Definitely a keeper, not to be eaten everyday though, unless I want to end up in the hospital.  I only made a one change to this recipe (substituted some of the cheddar cheese for a Colby/Monterey Jack blend--it's what I had on hand).  


Bacon Macaroni and Cheese


1 pound bacon
1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
1 pound Colby and Monterey Jack blend cheese, shredded
6 tablespoons bacon grease
1/2 cup flour
3 1/2 cups milk
1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
black pepper
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs

In a large pan, fry the bacon until crisp and reserve the grease to use to make the sauce.


Over medium heat, add back in 6 tablespoons of the reserved bacon grease (try not to think about it too long)  add the flour.  Stir for 3-5 minutes until the flour starts to brown a little.  Add the milk and stir until smooth and creamy.  Add half of the shredded cheese and stir until combined.


Add the cooked noodles and a generous amount of the black pepper. Remove from heat at this point.

In a deep baking dish, layer the macaroni on the bottom.  Add some of the bacon pieces.


Add a layer of the shredded cheese.


Repeat two more times.  Top with the Panko bread crumbs and more bacon pieces.


Cook at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and brown.







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Enjoy,


10 comments:

  1. Wow. Everything is better with bacon. This looks yummy.

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  2. Hi I found your blog on the crazy cooking challenge. You have a great blog looks so yummy :) Check out my food blog

    www.thedailysmash101.blogspot.com

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  3. BACON! With macaroni and cheese?!?! AAAHHHHHH!!!! I need this right now! Looks wonderful!!!

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  4. Bacon, the perfect addition to mac & cheese.

    My Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Velvety Mac & Cheese.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  5. Bacon! YUM YUM YUM! Though mac & cheese is beyond capable of standing on its own, bacon adds that je ne se quois!

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  6. Nothing beats the smell of bacon cooking on the stove. Top that with Mac and Cheese and you got a great dish to dive in to. What a delicious recipe. Adding this to my mac and cheese recipes to try! Glad to have found your site thru the Crazy Cooking Challenge!

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  7. YUM for the bacon! Way to go!

    And thanks for joing CCC... come by and see my Mac & Cheese Bites!
    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/09/macaroni-and-cheese-bites-crazy-cooking.html

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  8. That looks incredibly delicious - can't wait to try it! :)

    Stopping by from CCC - #17

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  9. Oh yes... bacon = love!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  10. Darn. Could eat a bucket of those and still want more. :) Keep it up!

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    International Calls to Australia

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