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Road to Thanksgiving Dinner! Mac and Cheese!

So you might think I’m crazy to talk about “Thanksgiving Dinner” so early but the perfect meal takes planning and practice. Ask yourself this, “How frequently do I cook Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Candied Yams, Collard Greens, Turkey and Dressing all from scratch?


The answer probably is not that often. So why do you expect to have any of these dishes turn out perfectly on the biggest food day of the year, especially when you have to cook several them at the same time?


So I’m giving you the opportunity to practice each one a couple of times (and in some cases a couple of different ways). You’re welcome.


First “Bacon Mac & Cheese”!


Here are the ingredients;


1/4 pound elbow macaroni

2 fully cooked thick Bacon Strips (Save the dripping from the bacon for the roux)

4 tablespoons butter (Separated in half)

2 tablespoons flour

½ tablespoon powdered mustard (or regular yellow mustard)

1 and 3/4 cups milk

1/4 cup yellow onion, finely diced

1 large egg (Optional)

1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika (or regular is fine)

6 ounces mild cheddar, shredded

½ cup of cream cheese

1-teaspoon kosher salt

Fresh black pepper



Cook the macaroni noodles in salted water until al-dente.

Place small sauce pan over medium/low heat.  Add 1 tablespoon of drippings from the bacon and the 2 tablespoons of butter. Let the butter melt.  Add the chopped onion and let them cook for about 3 minutes stirring them occasionally until translucent.  Add the flour to the oil/onion mixture and stir.  Cook for about 2 minutes.   Add the mustard and Smoked Paprika. Stir. Slowly whisk in the milk and stir.  The mixture will thicken as it heats.

Once the roux is thickened you will add the cheeses.  Stir w/a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy.

Add the cooked noodles

Add cheese after filling the dish half way

Add cheese on top and place in heated oven

The finished product

But how does it taste?



September 1, 2014 - Posted by | Cooking Class, Let's Talk About Food, Thanksgiving 2014 Practice |

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