I’m back from vacation but still trying to get my head back into the real world after 10 days of sun and fun and lobster. My sister very generously offered me another guest post, although she worried about her foodie cred with the Velveeta. I thought that part was okay, although you could surely substitute your favorite cheeses like Colby, Swiss and Cheddar, blended all together… bwah ha ha! I crack myself up! (Please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers that jingle!) And as long as we are going crazy, now I have to wonder how this dish would be with bacon drippings instead of the butter. I may have a problem.
Just a week or so ago, I had two cooking situations that left me with some interesting leftovers. The first one was that I had purchased some slab bacon in order to make the BGT Pasta that Jennifer had recently implored us to make (very tasty by the way). The second was my annual camping trip. I always buy Velveeta to make the camping snack treat of Velveeta Salsa dip. Leftover bacon and leftover Velveeta?
Sounds like some very naughty macaroni and cheese!
Normally when I make mac and cheese, I use Rachel Ray’s very simple Mac and Cheddar recipe with a few of my own adjustments: no nutmeg (bleah, who’d want that in their mac and cheese?), Franks’s Hot Sauce ( a few drops) instead of the ground cayenne and less pasta – usually about 2/3 of the box rather than the whole pound to make it a little bit creamier. I still followed her basic recipe, but this time around I just used butter and flour for the roux (skipped the olive oil – hey, when you are being this bad, why use the more virtuous fat?) then added milk and stirred until thickened. Add in your Velveeta:
and voila, very gooey cheese sauce.
Mix up the cooked pasta and gooey cheese sauce, then crumble in about 5 – 6 slices of cooked bacon. You could stop right there, but why when we are already being naughty? Final step, pour entire mixture into a casserole dish, sprinkle with shredded cheese and hit the broiler for a few minutes:
Tasty, creamy and delicious? Yes. A regular part of the menu around here? Definitely not! Well, probably not. Hmmm, well we’ll see…..