Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BACON BACON BACON Spicy Jack Daniel's Mac and Cheese - 52 Church PotLuck Side Dish

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Some days you want a nice gently creamy mild macaroni and cheese side dish to go with your watercress tea sandwiches...

This Ain't that dish!

This is a bold spicy Earthy spicy delicious side dish for a bold spicy event... like a backyard BBQ where you want to stand out as a bold Earthy spicy cook!

And yes, the dish has a half cup of Jack Daniel's whiskey.  The alcohol does mostly cook out but the delicious hints of Jack flavors do stay in the mix.  And beside, it just sounds like a delicious addition to the title... Jack Daniel's BACON Mac and cheese!

And speaking of bacon, the bacon add not only the distinctive flavor but also an added crunchy crispy texture.

This is the mac and cheese that will stand out at any backyard BBQ, Big social occasion, Large family gathering or any pass a dish PotLuck...


 OK... Here's what I did...

BACON BACON BACON Spicy Jack Daniel's
Mac and Cheese

  • 1 Pound Bacon, Thick Cut, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces, Fried and grease drained, Divided in half (save half for garnish)
  • 1 Box Pasta, Cooked Al Dente (1 Minute less than advised on the box)
  • 2 TBS Butter
  • 2 TBS Flour
  • 2 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Jack Daniel's Whiskey
  • 1/4 Cup Your favorite BBQ Rub Spice Mix
  • 4 Ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Freshly Grated
  • 4 Ounces Gouda Cheese, Freshly Grated
  • 2 Ounces Parmesan Cheese, Freshly Grated
Cooking Directions
  1. Cut bacon into quarter size pieces, fry and drain of grease, allow to drain on a paper towel and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, Prepare pasta according to the package directions, EXCEPT, cook very Al Dente, 2 minutes less than advised on the package (you will finish cooking in a minute).
  3. Meanwhile, Prepare the cheese sauce. First make a thickening roux, over medium heat in a heavu bottomed large stock pot, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk continuously for about 5 minutes until the roux gets a nutty smell. You must whisk continuously so the flour does not burn.
  4. Add the milk and Jack Daniel's whiskey and continue to whisk to combine.
  5. Add the BBQ rub and the cheese. The rub determines the spiciness of the dish. Spicy rub gets a spicy dish, a sweeter rub will get a less spiced dish.
  6. Combine a/2 of the bacon (save the other half for garnish), the cheese mix and the pasta and stir to evenly mix.
  7. Transfer to a baking dish, bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree preheated oven.
  8. Garnish with remaining bacon, serve hot and ENJOY!!!


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So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook Side Dish Recipes"!!!

Sure the meat gets all the glory but real cooks know it's the spread... the specialty Side Dishes that makes a meal rise or fall. Here's a few of my favorite recipes that will help to create that illusive COMPLETE MENU!

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