March 30, 2011

Cheesy Pepper Jack & Mac

Reckon this will do too

Some times, ya just can't get enough side dishes to fill up your plate, you know the ones I talking 'bout. The ones that you pile on when your eyes get bigger than your stomach 'cause ya just know you're not gonna be able to stop eating once you get going.

This is one of those and pretty near like any mac and cheese I reckon. Can't say I've had too many I didn't care for. This one is just like the way I made my Macaroni and Pimento Cheese, again using 3 types of cheese, except I changed out the cheese of course and left out the roasted red peppers replacing it with just a smidgen of bacon. Add a chopped jalapeno if you really want to get your taste buds happy.
Enjoy!


Cheesy Pepper Jack & Mac

1 -8 oz package of your favorite macaroni, I used half elbow and mini-rotini
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash crack black pepper
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup grated Pepper Jack cheese
1/4 cup grated Swiss or Gouda cheese
2 strips of bacon, chopped

Preheat oven to 375. Cook macaroni according to package, drain and rinse with cold water.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly stir in the cream & milk and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in half of the Cheddar cheese, all of the Pepper Jack and Swiss or Gouda cheeses until smooth. Mix the sauce with the macaroni and fold in the bacon. Pour into a greased oblong casserole dish or a round deep 2-quart dish for extra creaminess.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Sprinkle remaining Cheddar on top and run under the broiler to brown the top.

10 comments :

  1. Man this spicey cheese is a great idea love the rotini too.. I will try this everyone will love it.. maybe try with seashells thats what in the pantry! delish!

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  2. Great minds really do think alike! I just made me some mac n pepper jack cheese with rotini. Used evaporated milk, heavy cream isn't a staple around here. Seemed creamy enough :) Great recipe Drick!

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  3. You had me at pepper jack cheese. It's my downfall. I could eat a pound by myself!

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  4. I love a good side dish, when hubby works late ..us girls make a complete meal out a side dish..this chessey goodness would my girls very very happy!!

    sweetlife

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  5. Hi Drick,

    That is my kind of dinner! Love the steak and mac and cheese. It doesn't get much better than that. I bet your steak rubs are mighty good! :)

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  6. This definitely would make my taste buds happy :) Add if I do half with bacon my boys will be happy too...Love the cheese selection!

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  7. Who doesnt love a good mac and cheese? I definitely always fill my plate with more then I can eat! This looks great!

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  8. Ooooh I know what your talking about. We have mac and cheese here a little more than what I would consider to be healthy, but whatcha' going to do? We all need our indulgences right?

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  9. I think I shall just have this as a main :)

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  10. Well slap me on the back and give me Cheesy Pepper Jack & Mac!

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