Saturday, January 31, 2015

Crock-Pot Macaroni & Cheese...The Perfect Recipe for Your Super Bowl Party!

Looking for a last minute recipe idea? How about something that is easy, delicious and can serve a whole group of rowdy football fans? Below is my recipe for homemade crock-pot Mac & Cheese...I mean, who doesn't love Mac & Cheese?

Serves 10-12
Prep-Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Serve Warm

What You Will Need:

Crock Pot (duh)
2 lb. bag of large elbow noodles 
12 Oz. can of evaporated milk (I used nonfat)
2 1/2 cups of 2% milk 
2 lb. block of Velveeta Cheese (cut into squares)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
2 cups pepper Jack cheese (shredded)
4 Tbs of butter (cubed)
Cooking Spay, I use spray coconut oil, to coat the crock-pot
Garlic Powder to taste...I'd say about 2 tsp 

Optional ingredients:
JalapeƱo (chopped)
Fresh Tomatoes (Diced)
Steamed brocoli pieces
Bacon (crumbled)
Paprika (sprinkled on top)
Tapatio or Sriracha 

The options are really endless for jazzing up your Mac & Cheese. For an event like a super bowl party I suggest having a "Make Your Own Macaroni" bar with a bunch of ingredients, like the above, available to your guests to add as they'd like.

Let's Get Started:

1) Prep everything first. Shred 2 cups of sharp cheddar, 2 cups of pepper Jack, and cut up the block of Velveeta.

 2) Then flash cook the noodles. Bring water to a boil. Dump in your noodles and 5-7 minutes later strain them and pour into your crock-pot (make sure you have sprayed the crock-pot with your cooking spray of choice before adding your noodles). You want the noodles to be softened just before the point of al dente. 

3) Now, add the butter (cubed) and stir, then add your milk, cheese, evaporated milk and garlic powder. Mix it up a bit.

4) Set your crock-pot to low and walk away. Yep, it is that easy...and there is still plenty of time to finish prepping for the rest of your Super Bowl party. 

Since the noodles were flash cooked it will not ruin everything if you open the crock-post to stir up the cheese every now and then. In fact, I encourage this to prevent the cheese from sticking to the bottom and burning. This shouldn't happen but if you do find your cheese sticking too much you can always add more milk but do so slowly and cautiously. I stir my Mac & Cheese about 3x in the three hours and I also steal tastes each time...just to make sure it is coming along smoothly and I definitely recommend this as well :-) Once the cheese is melted to perfection and the noodles are fully cooked you can turn the crock-pot to warm and your guests can start eating whenever.

The great thing about this recipe is that you really cannot mess it up. If you think it needs more cheese, then add more cheese, if you think it needs more milk, then add more milk and like I mentioned above there are tons of optional ingredients you can offer or add in yourself.

This recipe is easy, cheesy and an all american classic...perfect for serving during the super bowl.

Now, let's just take one last look at a picture of cheese...why? Why not?

Who doesn't love a recipe made up of cheese?


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