Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Recipe | Flavor Packed Macaroni & Cheese


I was completely thrilled to be asked by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing board to participate again in their annual 30 Days 30 Ways with Macaroni & Cheese blog. Every year, for the last four years, they ask 30 bloggers to create a recipe of their own creation, highlighting the deliciousness of Wisconsin Cheese. Each day for thirty days a new mac & cheese recipe is posted.  It's the dream blog of macaroni & cheese lovers everywhere!

For this year's assignment they added a bit of a twist: create a macaroni and cheese recipe that is inspired by a classic dish. I chose to go with a loaded baked potato inspired mac & cheese. And I'm so glad I did. Because this is now my all time favorite macaroni and cheese. For real.  If you like to indulge every once in awhile with a baked potato topped with sour cream, cheddar, and bacon...and if you like a decadent macaroni and cheese every now and then... well, then I think you're going to like this too. A lot. 

It's devine. 

It's delicious. 

It's drool-worthy. 

Fully Loaded Macaroni and Cheese

Flavor Packed Macaroni & Cheese, Fully Loaded Baked Potato Style
Serves 8 - 10

Ingredients:
1 pound center cut bacon
1 (16 ounce) box of elbow macaroni
1 Cup of milk
3 eggs
2 Cups (16 oz) of sour cream
2 Cups Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup Wisconsin Jack Cheese
1 teaspoon of garlic salt
1 teaspoon of white pepper
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon paprika
2 Tablespoons chives or green onion, chopped (optional)

Directions:

Fry bacon until crisp; drain and crumble. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350.

Cook pasta according to the al dente package directions. Drain well.

In a large bowl combine milk, eggs, sour cream, and seasonings. Whisk together until mixed well. Stir in the cooked pasta and Wisconsin cheeses, reserving 1 Cup of Cheddar.

Pour into a deep baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining Wisconsin Cheddar evenly over the top.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remove when edges become golden.

Allow the baking dish to set for 10 minutes. Garnish with crumbled bacon and chopped chives or green onion.

Enjoy!

You can check out my recipe on the 30 Days 30 Ways with Macaroni & Cheese blog here, and take a look at all the other fabulous mac & cheese recipes!

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I was provided a recipe stipend for groceries and supplies by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. 
The allowance in no way swayed my view on macaroni and cheese in general. I have always enjoyed a good mac & cheese and that was just bonus. My glowing reports on the deliciousness of this particular recipe were not bribed, it's just really that damn good.
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