Thursday, October 17, 2013

Jack Daniel's Bacon Mac 'n Cheese

If you're looking for the best bacon ever, look no further.  The aromas will keep you enticed from the sweet & spicy beginnings to the cheesy finish.

Yield: 8 servings


Ingredients


  • Bacon
    • 1/2 cup Jack Daniel's whiskey
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tsp cayenne papper
    • 10 strips bacon
  • Mac 'N Cheese
    • 1 lbs macaroni, cooked al dente
    • 4 tbsp butter
    • 1/3 cup flour
    • 1 tbsp Jack Daniel's whiskey
    • 2 cups milk, divided
    • 12 oz. cheddar cheese, sliced
    • 10 slices provolone cheese

Directions


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the 1/2 cup Jack Daniel's to a simmer.  Simmer until reduced to 1/4 cup.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cayenne.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease with cooking spray.
  3. Coat the bacon with the thickened jack daniels and then dredge through the sugar mixture.   Lay flat on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 400°F for 7 minutes.  Flip the bacon over and cook the other side for 5 minutes.  Remove from the oven.
  5. After the bacon cools a bit, cut into pieces and set aside.
  6. In a large pot, melt the butter.  Whisk in the flour and jack daniels until smooth.  Add 1 cup of the milk and whisk until smooth, then add the second cup.  Simmer until it begins to thicken.
  7. Once thickened, add the cheddar and provolone and whisk until smooth.
  8. Combine the macaroni with the cheese sauce and stir untli well coated.  Fold in the bacon pieces and serve warm.

Adapted from Blog Chef.

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