Bourbon and Bacon Mac and Cheese

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Bourbon and Bacon Mac and Cheese is mac and cheese grown-up style. The bacon and bourbon gives mac and cheese a wonderful earthly, salty flavor that is impossible to resist.

Bourbon and Bacon Mac and Cheese

 

In addition to plenty of bourbon and bacon, this indulgent mac and cheese also has a little onion, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and thyme for flavor. There’s just a little of each so that the flavor of the bourbon and bacon is front and center.

Two kinds of cheese- gouda and cheddar cheese- add plenty of cheese flavor.

Bourbon and Bacon Mac and Cheese in cast iron pan

 

The whole dish, except boiling the pasta, can be made in a 10-inch cast iron pan. I love using my cast iron pans. It’s so convenient to be able to move a pan directly from the stovetop to the oven. Plus cast iron pans are great for conducting heat. They perfectly cook everything and are great for getting a crisp exterior.

Bacon and bourbon is such a great combination. I actually think there are very few foods that aren’t improved by the addition of either bacon or bourbon or both.

Use any bourbon that you like. My favorite is Maker’s Mark.

Want to leave the bourbon out? Just add an extra 1/3 cup of milk.

For best results use good quality cheese and grate it yourself.

Mac and Cheese with Bourbon and Bacon

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Bourbon and Bacon Mac and Cheese
Bourbon and Bacon Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 

Bourbon and Bacon Mac and Cheese is mac and cheese grown-up style. The bacon and bourbon gives mac and cheese a wonderful earthly, salty flavor that is impossible to resist.

Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: bourbon mac and cheese
Servings: 8
Calories: 561 kcal
Ingredients
  • 10 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 2 cups shredded gouda cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 ounces dry macaroni, cooked according to package directions
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook bacon in a 10-inch cast iron skillet until crisp. Remove it with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  2. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease. Add onion to skillet and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Stir in salt, pepper, thyme, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and bourbon.

  4. Simmer for about 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Reduce heat to low and gradually whisk in Gouda cheese and 2 cups of cheddar cheese.

  5. Stir in cooked pasta and half of bacon. Sprinkle remaining bacon and cheddar cheese on top.

    Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.

Recipe Notes

It's not important to precisely measure the macaroni. You want to use about 12 ounces which is about 3/4 of a 16-ounce box.

For best flavor, be sure to salt the water you cook the pasta in.

Nutrition Facts
Bourbon and Bacon Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 561
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Recipe adapted from Southern Cast Iron

Mac and Cheese with bourbon and bacon

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