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Nothing says “comfort” better than a big pan of cheesy, creamy baked macaroni and cheese with a bit of bacon. This dish got me triple kisses. Good food and good love—doesn’t get much better than this!
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter a 7 x 10″ baking dish. Place baking dish on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bring a large stock pot of water to boil. Salt water and boil pasta for 7 minutes. Drain, add 1 tablespoon butter and set aside.
Place bacon in a cast iron skillet and cook until slightly crispy. Drain on paper towels. When cool enough to touch, rough chop and set aside.
Cut bread of your choice into 1-inch cubes. Toss cubes into a small mini food processor and grind to fine crumbs. Place on a small baking sheet and toast in the oven for 7 minutes. Set aside.
Combine whole milk and heavy cream in a small, heavy duty saucepan and warm over medium heat (don’t boil). Add 2 tablespoons of butter, Celtic sea salt, white pepper, and nutmeg. When warm to the touch, add 1 1/4 cup of cheddar and the fontina to the milk mixture. Whisk until melted.
In the same pot that you boiled the water in, combine the pasta, cheese-milk mixture, and the bacon. Pour into prepared baking dish.
Top with the remaining 1/4 cup white cheddar. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dot with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until slightly golden on top and bubbling. Let sit for 5 minutes before devouring.
There is absolutely nothing bland about this chicken recipe. By marinating it for 2 hours in the dry rub, the flavor reaches all the way to the bone. One guest said, “This is the best barbecued chicken I have ever eaten!”
Feel free to customize the toppings to your taste. I like my wrap with avocado, tomato and lettuce while my husband likes the chicken on a bun as a club sandwich. The real key to this recipe is the marinade.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!