Candied Bacon Mac and Cheese
Candied Bacon Mac and Cheese Ingredients (6 Servings)
- 10 slices bacon
- 1/2 cup whiskey of your choice
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 lb. macaroni pasta
- 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 slices sharp provolone cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Sea salt, to taste
- Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and coat it with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a small saucepan, bring the 1/2 cup of whiskey to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium, and simmer until it’s reduced to 2 tablespoons.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat.
- In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cayenne.
- Dip the bacon into the whiskey and then press each side into the brown sugar mixture until it is coated.
- Place the coated bacon slices on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the bacon for 7 minutes, then flip it and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Remove the bacon and place it on a plate coated with non-stick cooking spray.
- Let the bacon cool completely before chopping it up and setting it aside.
- In a large pot, bring water to a boil.
- Add the macaroni and cook until it is al dente.
- Drain the pasta and set it aside.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
- Add the flour and whisk to combine.
- Whisk in 1 cup of milk until it is well combined.
- Add the remaining milk.
- Whisk frequently until the sauce thickens and begins to bubble.
- Add the cheeses and whisk until they melt and the sauce is smooth. Add paprika, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Pour the sauce over the pasta and top with the bacon.
- Stir until the pasta is completely coated in sauce.
- Add more salt and pepper if desired.
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