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1.11.2013

Jalapeno Popper Macaroni and Cheese



So who's the team to cheer for these days? Are we in playoffs yet? When is the Superbowl? These are the questions I asked my husband while prepping for this post. I was going to attempt to write about football. What a joke! He doesn't know and I really don't care much.

What I do care about is the marriage of two of my favorite cheese dishes. Congrats to Macaroni and Cheese and Jalapeno poppers for hooking up on this one! It's truly mind blowing good. I muttered this statement several times while stuffing my face full of calories. "My mouth is on fire. This is just so good I. Can't. Stop." I was kind of unlucky in the batch of peppers I bought, since they were on a scale of 1-10 for hotness.... a 15. Atomic hot. Let me tell ya, I am no wimp for a Northern girl. I like it hot.



Seriously now, you know your tailgate party needs a dish of this cheese goodness, it's everyone's favorite appetizer turned into a meal! 

This mac n' cheese was made with one of my favorite dinner items. Dreamfields Pasta. You can eat the carbs now without all the guilt. I will be posting more about them on Monday as well as a giveaway. So be sure to check it out!



Jalapeno Popper Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

2/3 of a 16 oz box of pasta cooked according to box directions
2 tbs of butter
2 tbs of flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp salt
8 ox of pepper jack cheese shredded
6 oz of room temp cream cheese  
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 medium jalapeno peppers sliced thin
1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs


Directions:

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter and whisk in flour. When it is blended and has formed a paste. Whisk in milk slowly. Whisk until smooth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Mix in  salt, pepper jack cheese and cream cheese.  (save the cheddar for topping)

Mix until smooth and until  the sauce has thickened. 

Pour sauce over cooked pasta. Mix together and transfer into a medium casserole dish. Top with cheddar cheese, bread crumbs and then jalapeno slices.

Bake at 400 for about 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden and the cheese is bubbling. 
     
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30 comments:

  1. Wow! This is such a great blend of flavors! My hubby is a Redskins fan and they lost last weekend so now he will be watching the rest of the playoffs with a pouty face. I bet this dish would cheer him up!

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    1. Awww Poor guy. What about the Patriots?! You guys live in New England!

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  2. You just rocked my world. My family is going to go nuts for this!

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  3. Oh my goodness. Two of my favorite things combined!!! This sounds amazing, Carrie!

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    1. Thanks Ali! Me too... I love jalapenos and cheese!

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  4. Um, yes please. Spicy and cheesy - perfect!

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    1. mmm I know. I love hots and cheese together.

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  5. Yes please! My husband would love this; 2 of his favorite things in one meal!

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  6. This is the perfect football potluck food.

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  7. ok. my boyfriend would literally propose to me if i made this for him one night. mac and cheese? his favorite. poppers? he may like them even more than he likes me! just kidding... but not really! I need to make this. wow!

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    1. Hahaha Well make this and I hope he does!

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  8. Best mac and cheese ever! And I'm with Sally on this one - Jason would propose to me too if I made this for him!

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    1. Haha, well if you ladies make it and they pop the question.... that would bring this mac n' cheese to a whole new level!

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  9. I want this! I love poppers. It's really a problem since I will eat them all. I'm not fun to go to a sports bar with. no sharing!

    This mac & cheese looks awesome.

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    1. I have a feeling if we went a bar we'd fight for the last popper. I can pound those things!

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  10. This looks awesome! I love jalapenos and mixing them with mac and cheese sounds awesome!

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  11. I think I love you and need to move in with you ASAP. I want this mac and cheese in my face! It looks AWESOME.

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  12. There is nothing more comforting than mac and cheese. This looks amazing.

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  13. (posted this accidentally on French Onion recipe page)

    We were all set to make your French Onion Mac N Cheese until we stumbled on this recipe.. Not sure if we'll ever stray from this version after enjoying it so much. Do you have any reccomendations on what to serve with it from an entree perspective?

    Thanks!

    Ben

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  14. How big is a medium casserole dish? Would a glass 9x13 work?

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