Oh My Heck, Check This Out!!
It’s embarrassing but yes, we are salivating. Came across this recipe quite by accident and although we haven’t tried it, we will be buying the Asiago cheese tomorrow and guess what will be for dinner?
Dressed Up Bacon Mac and Cheese
From Food Network Kitchens
Photograph by Tina Rupp
Unsalted butter, for greasing
8 ounces macaroni
2 1/2 cups cold milk
4 ounces provolone cheese, coarsely grated
4 ounces aged Asiago cheese, coarsely grated
2 large eggs
2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
3 slices white sandwich bread, torn into small pieces
3 strips bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart shallow casserole dish. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the macaroni until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain; transfer the pasta to the prepared casserole dish along with 1/4 cup of the cold milk. (This will cool the pasta and prevent it from becoming gummy.)
Meanwhile, mix the cheeses together in a small bowl. Beat the eggs with 1/4 cup of the milk in a medium bowl. Add the scallions, bread and half of the cheese to the egg mixture; set aside.
Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; transfer to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings from the pan. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until just brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in the flour, cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon salt; cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add the remaining 1 3/4 cups milk and 3/4 cup water to the skillet. Bring to a boil, whisking until thick. Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk to cool slightly. Whisk in the remaining cheese. Add the sauce to the macaroni; stir to combine.
Crumble up the bacon and add it to the egg/bread mixture. Spread evenly over the pasta. Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven; let sit 5 minutes before serving.
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