Saturday, December 3, 2011

Cowboy Mac N' Cheese

   The snow has finally hit us hard this year . . . I have to admit I was kind of wishing it would return . . . and then it did and I am wondering what possessed me to wish for it!?! . . . But with snow comes the craving for warm, comforting foods . . . which I love . . . I think if you look in the food dictionary I believe you will find that Mac N' Cheese and comfort cross reference each other. We had some friends for dinner to sample this dish and they loved it . . . so naturally it made the blog!Cowboy Mac N' Cheese
Recipe by: Emily

14.5 oz box of Pasta, Elbow Macaroni, Penne, Spiral . . . etc.5 strips of Bacon, chopped
2 cups Diced cooked Chicken
1/2 cup chopped Onion
1 small can diced Green Chili's
4 oz Cream Cheese
3 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Flour
2 cups Milk
3-4 Tbsp Barbeque Sauce
Cayenne Pepper
1 Buttery Bread Crumbs or Cracker Crumbs

1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon and onion under the bacon has rendered and is crisp and the onions are translusent and begin to brown; 7-9 minutes. Add the green chilis and chicken and cook for another 2 minutes. Place the chicken/bacon mixture aside in a bowl.
2. While the bacon and onion cook boil the pasta according to package directions until the pasta is al dente. When the pasta is done drain and set aside.
3. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the same skillet used to cook the bacon and melt over medium heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons of flour to the butter and cook for one minute. Whisk in the milk and continue to whisk and cool until mixture begins to thicken. Add the barbeque sauce, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Stir in the chicken/bacon mixture to the cheese sauce and combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper or add more bbq sauce if needed.
4. Combine the pasta and chicken mixture together. Pour into a 9x13 inch baking dish and sprinkle with bread or cracker crumbs. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden browned and bubbly.


Britt-Marie said...

Yum. This sounds like a whole meal in one mac and cheese dish.

Anonymous said...

Hi, we love this recipe, being chilli fiends! Never thought of adding this to our midweek mac and cheese. Thanks :-)