The other night the boy and I were going to Trader Joe’s and I asked him what we should have for dinner. ?His reply was, “mac n’ cheese.” ?This shouldn’t be shocking. ?That child would eat mac n’ cheese at every meal possible. ?I said I wasn’t sure if daddy would really like mac n’ cheese for dinner. ?His reply, “well, we could put bacon in it.” ?Ahh, the child does know his father. ?Ok, it really is common knowledge of the trusty husband’s love of bacon. ?I told the boy that if we were having mac n’ cheese that I’d make it from scratch. ?He was a little bummed since he thought that he’d just get Trader Joe’s frozen mac n’ cheese and we’d add bacon to it. ?Now I don’t mean to brag, but my bacon mac n’ cheese is pretty tasty. ?It is basically an adaptation of Alton Brown’s Stove Top Mac N’ Cheese recipe.
16 oz. elbow macaroni
6 oz. smoked gouda (shredded)
6 oz. gouda (shredded)
4 T. butter
1 5 oz. can evaporated milk
3/4 t. salt
4-5 strips bacon
Boil pasta according to the package directions. Cook the bacon and drain well on paper toweling (we cook ours in the microwave). Chop the bacon into small bits. Whisk together evaporated milk, eggs and salt in a medium bowl. When pasta is finished drain and return to the pot and turn on low. Add butter to the pot. Add milk, egg, salt mixture. Add cheese. Cook on low until the cheese is melted. Don’t heat it too high or cheese will get grainy. Once the cheese is melted fold in the bacon. Drool.
Sounds yummy to me! Bacon makes anything better…at least that’s what my husband says!
Mmmm…of course I put bacon in my Guacamole so you know I think it makes everything better 🙂