JACK DANIEL'S SMOKY BACON MAC AND CHEESE



INGREDIENTS
  • ½ tsp kosher salt + more for pasta water
  • 12 oz Hickory smoked peppered bacon, uncooked
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup Jack Daniel's Whiskey
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon New Mexico chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili pepper paste
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 ounces extra sharp cheddar (white), shredded
  • 2 ounces smoked provolone cheese, shredded
  • 2 ounces Asiago cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz dry elbow pasta
  • croutons (garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Bring an 8 quart covered pot filled with water to a boil over high heat. Once it boils, add a handful of salt and pasta. Reduce heat to medium high and cook uncovered to al dente (has a bite to it). Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile warm a large 12” skillet over medium-high heat. Using clean kitchen shears cut bacon into bite size pieces over the skillet and let them to fall into the pan. Stir occasionally as needed. Cook until crisp.

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