After a crushing defeat by the Jets yesterday, this New Englander is still a bit in shock! Thankfully a giant pot of Bacon Macaroni & Cheese
Ok, lets get back to perhaps the greatest collaboration since PB&J or JT & Timberland! (Stop judging, you know you love JT!!). On Friday I tweeted how I was craving something cheesy and comforting (lets be honest, when I am not....). The ever fabulous roommate suggested Mac n' Cheese and then came out with an idea/flavor combination that is EPIC!
BLT Macaroni and Cheese!
(Bacon, Leek & Tomato)
How had I not thought of this sooner? Everything I love in one cheesy pot of heaven!!! We set out early on Sunday for supplies and managed to get everything (EPIC shopping adventure) except for the leeks. No worries though, we ended up sauteeing an onion in the rendered bacon fat and added scallions for a fresh flavor. I am ok with saying that this may have been one of the greatest meals I have ever made thanks to my roommate!!!
What you need:
Cheese 3 cups (we chose Gruyere and Swiss)
4 cups milk (we used Soy, not big cow's milk drinkers in our apt)
6 Tbl butter (relax! this makes a ton!)
6 pieces of bacon, chopped and cooked till crispy
1 med onion diced
4-5 scallions diced
1 can (14 oz) of diced tomatoes drained
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt & Pepper
dash of hot sauce & Worcestershire Sauce
|Whole grain makes me feel better about the amount of cheese and bacon I am about to consume!|
|Yummy Gruyere Cheese (picked this up at the local market)|
|Shred your own cheese for an added arm workout! Watch your fingers though!!!|
|Whisk Whisk Whisk!! Another good arm workout!|
From here you could just go ahead and enjoy. We took it one step further... we topped the mixture with a bit more cheese and italian style breadcrumbs. Tossed it into a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes (or until its bubbling!).
|Oh did I mention we had a side salad to counter act the 3 cups of cheese?|
|Post oven bubbling cheesy heaven!!!!!|
|Extreme cheese close-up!!!|
|nom nomm nommm!!! Cheese + Bacon = Happy Foodie!|
And Voila! You have a giant pot of comfort food that just about melts in your mouth! This delicious dinner really helped sooth the pain of yesterday's loss and I imagine will be even better today as leftover lunch!
If you are a NE PATS Fan, how did you cope with yesterday's loss? It seems that from the traffic on FB and Twitter that most fans are turning their energy to the Bruins, Celtics and counting down the days till Training Camp for the Sox (Feb 14th if you want to track!).
Tonight I am off to the Boston Food Bloggers Launch Party! My first official blogger event!! I am over the moon with excitement!! Tune in tomorrow for a full recap!
Have a great Monday!