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Grilled Mac and Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Jalapenos

Grilled Mac and Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Jalapenos

This isn’t exactly diet food, let’s just put that out there.  Oftentimes I go a little overboard for my family with the tofu and quinoa so every once in a while I go completely off the deep end in the other direction and create a meal that makes you feel that you should be taking a nap and running 20 miles simultaneously.  This is that meal.

Basic homemade macaroni and cheese is one of the absolute easiest things to make and you almost always have all the ingredients on hand.  It’s literally a 20 min meal and is super easy to spruce up to make gourmet, either by baking with some panko and red pepper flakes on top, adding shrimp or lobster, or adding some broccoli and pretending that makes it healthy.  Or sticking into a grilled cheese with bacon and jalapenos, of course.  Also, find a helper.

The making of Grilled Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Jalapenos
Jovie, helping with the non-dairy “cheese” sauce!

Grilled Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Jalapenos on Sourdough Bread- Creamy macaroni and cheese

Grilled Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Jalapenos on Sourdough Bread
Happy kid with his grilled cheese… sans cheese

Grilled Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Jalapenos on Sourdough Bread Grilled Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Jalapenos on Sourdough Bread

When I served this to my family a couple nights ago they looked at me like I had two heads.  Dal and rice, one of my favorite weeknight meals was on the menu that night so the fact that I was making mac and cheese itself was unexpected.  Then I heavily buttered thick bread and loaded it up and they were like, “are you my mom?”

When I make homemade mac and cheese it takes me a tad longer, since I have a lactose intolerant kiddo so I basically make two separate batches (because I’m not gonna lie, the real stuff is better), but aside from that this is really a doable weeknight meal.  Or it is a easy weekend meal.  Or it’s a Sunday morning meal for when you’ve had too much to drink the night before.  Just make the sandwich whenever you want, ok?

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Grilled Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Jalapenos on Sourdough Bread

Grilled Mac and Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Jalapenos

  • Author: Shawny

Description

This grilled cheese can be easily made without the bacon or with another protein, like pulled pork or maybe some chorizo, yum.  This recipe will make 4 large sandwiches and you’ll have extra mac and cheese for lunch tomorrow.


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Ingredients

Macaroni and Cheese: 

  • 1 package elbow macaroni (or shells or cavatappi or whatever you have on hand!)
  • 1/4 cup of butter (use ghee if making non-dairy)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/4 cups of whole milk or half and half (use unflavored and unsweetened almond milk if making non-dairy)
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese mix – I like one with cheddar and monterey jack (I have had the best luck with goveggie cheddar slices if making non-dairy)
  • Salt and pepper

Sandwich: 

  • Sourdough bread
  • Butter
  • Bacon- Around 2 slices per sandwich
  • Jalapenos- 2, seeds removed and slices
  • Hot sauce

Instructions

Cook bacon until crispy then pull into small pieces.  Next, cook the jalapenos for a minute or two in hot bacon grease.  If you want some crunch and want to maintain the full spicy flavor, keep the jalapenos raw and proceed at your own risk.

Boil water in a large pan and cook noodles according to the instructions.  While noodles are cooking, make the cheese sauce.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over a medium heat.  Once the butter is melted, add the flour and stir so the flour and butter meld together into a nice paste, about 2 minutes.  Next, add your 1/2 and 1/2 (or whole milk, but let’s just be real here, you may as well just go for it) and whisk consistently for about 4 minutes or until the milk is nice and hot and has completely combined with the flour/butter mixture.  Turn off heat and add the cheese, stirring together until well combined.  Add the drained but hot noodles and stir.

Butter one side of the bread slices then put the buttered side down onto a skilled warmed to medium heat.  I prefer my cast iron skillet for grilled cheese but any will work.  Load it up with the mac and cheese, bacon, jalapenos and hot sauce, if desired.  Top with the second bread slice.  Flip after the bottom bread slice is nice and brown.  Cook until both sides look delish. Enjoy!


 



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