Find Brunch Right Now

Bacon Jalapeño Mac & Cheese with Bar Deco

Hostessing
Save to Foursquare

Despite the unseasonably warm weather, fall is here and with it comes football and entertaining. If you’re like us, we love to have friends over to watch the games on Thursday night or Sunday afternoon, and of course that means having easy, but delicious, party food at the ready.

DSC_0490

What I love about this simple crowd-pleaser is that it’s an elevated version of the kid-friendly dish. By simply adding jalapeños, bacon, and gourmet cheese, you have yourself a substantial party dish to serve at your next Sunday Funday. The best part? You can whip it together during halftime, without missing the game!

DSC_0461

Executive Chef Shane Henderson from Bar Deco walked us through one of his go-to recipes. Tips from the busy (not to mention hot) kitchen: cook the pasta ahead of time and let cool. Then, as picture below divide your ingredients into steps, for a fool-proof way to layer them in.

Bacon Jalepeno Mac and Cheese - Bar Deco

Try this dish and other mouthwatering tailgate food at our Sunday Funday brunch on November 6 at Bar Deco. Bring friends to watch the Ravens/Steelers game, indulge in beermosas, and take photos during halftime in our photo booth! Sign up here via Open Table and be sure to note “Bitches Who Brunch” in the reservation comments.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. olive or canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. chopped shallots
  • 1 tbsp. de-seeded, chopped jalapeno
  • 1 strip cooked, crumbled apple smoked bacon
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup cheese sauce – make your own with cream, cheddar, gouda, paprika and cayenne, or substitute with Velveeta
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked large macaroni (hint: run under cold water after it’s 3/4 of the way cooked for the perfect batch)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp. breadcrumbs
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Add butter and oil to medium/large pan with stove on high, once heated add shallots and jalapeno
  3. Let cook 2 minutes, mix and add bacon and cream, mix again and add cheese sauce
  4. When cheese sauce is melted, mix thoroughly and toss in cooked macaroni
  5. Let cook for 2 more minutes, mixing regularly
  6. Pour into a cast iron skillet, ramekin or other oven-safe container, top with shredded cheddar and breadcrumbs
  7. Finish in oven for 1-2 minutes, until cheese is just melted and breadcrumbs begin to brown (note: finishing in the oven is optional)
  8. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

Serves: 1, easily multiplied to feed a crowd!

Save to Foursquare

Share Your Thoughts

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You Might Also Want To Try
More Bitching
Keep In Touch
Expository Essay Prompts High School