There is nothing like a good plate of mac and cheese and this is the favorite dish of many people. Naturally, there are different recipes for its preparation starting from the use of seven kinds of cheese, bacon and onion, jalapenos and to a low carb version replacing pasta with cauliflower. But, there is one recipe that may intrigue you and that is the use of Jack Daniels. When it comes to whiskey you may not relate it to mac and cheese believing it that these flavors are not likely to mix well. Yet, it does, the inclusion of a small amount of whiskey in this dish makes a difference and the result is super yummy mac and cheese.
The Unconventional Mac and Cheese
The whiskey is not the only included ingredient that you may find odd, but there is also the sweet and crispy brown sugar, and hot pepper bacon. You will be surprised finding out how all these ingredients mix well and offer this dish an exquisite taste. All that unexpected hits of heat and spice will for sure mellow out any danger of booziness.
This simple dish is prepared in half an hour just like any other regular mac and cheese no matter of the inclusion of all these new fancy ingredients. It is a great choice for dinner meal, especially if you have unexpected guests. All you need is to whisk nicely the ingredients in a pan for your sauce and in separate pot boil the pasta. It will be prepared really quickly and your guests will love this new taste of the traditional mac and cheese.
A Great Option for a Side Dish
Serving this recipe as a side dish will provide you with that unexpected kick that everyone will like it. It will go perfectly alongside with a nice steak or chops.
Recipe of Jack Daniels’ Mac and Cheese
1lb elbow macaroni
2 cups of milk
4 slices of provolone cheese
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
10 slices of bacon
A pinch of salt and pepper, at your own preference
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon paprika
1 cup of brown sugar
½ cup Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
3 tablespoons of butter, unsalted
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
Method of Preparation:
The first thing that you need to do is to preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a small pot pour half a cup of Jack Daniel’s to a boil and then lower the heat to medium. You should simmer the whiskey till it gets to around 2 tablespoons.
In a plate mix the brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Next, dip the bacon slices into the whiskey and then coat them with the brown sugar mixture. In this way the bacon is prepared for cooking which needs to be placed on a lined baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Bake the bacon slices for 7 minutes, and after that flip them over and bake for additional 5 minutes, however make certain it does not get burnt. Remove it from the oven and set it aside to cool off, and after that chop it nicely on a chopping board coated in cooking spray.
Now, cook the macaroni into a pot of boiling water and after well cooked drain them. At the same time you can prepare the sauce, take a medium deep saucepan and in it melt down the butter on medium-high heat. Include the flour and start whisking. Next, add 1 tablespoon of Jack Daniel’s, and 1 cup of milk meanwhile whisking the mixture. When smooth pour the rest of the milk. Make sure to whisk the mixture till it gets thick and bubbly, and in this shape add the cheese and whisk till it melts down and the whole mixture gains smooth texture. Season it with salt, pepper, and paprika according to taste.
Finally, include the pasta and chopped bacon and combine till it is evenly coated in sauce.
If you like a crusty top, then you can sprinkle bread crumbs, grated parmesan and butter on top of it and then put it in the oven and bake till it becomes bubbly and brown. For this taste you will need additional 15 minutes, but believe me, it is worth it!