She opted out of this competition, so it wasn’t a rematch per say, but rather, Mac and Cheese, Part Two.
I still had a stiff competitor, though. I actually lost by a half point. We’ve never done half points before – pretty sure my brother-in-law bribed someone to change their score so we could have a winner.
So basically we tied, but I got an awesome crown.
My sister-in-law made this crown essentially at the last second right before the competition.
I wouldn’t recommend competing against her in either cooking or crafts.
This is one of those cookbooks where you actually want to read the additional information besides the recipes. I’d highly recommend it. Also, clearly their life is macaroni and cheese, so let’s just say they know what they’re talking about.
The jalapeno popper mac and cheese is a fairly simple recipe, combined with “mac sauce” – a bechamel-type sauce in the beginning of the book that is included in most of the recipes; it takes some work to make it. But it’s beyond worth it.
8 oz uncooked elbow macaroni
2 cups mac sauce**
2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup diced jalapeno pepper, plus extra for garnish*
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
* I’ve made this with fresh jalapenos, jarred pickled jalapenos, and a combination – it’s all good.
Well, I came in second out of four for this competition.
I was expecting to come in second, but was surprised by the dish mine lost to.
(Note on photo: We didn’t decide until the last minute if we were doing two competitions – appetizers and main dish – or putting all four in the same competitive pool, which we did end up doing. This is why two certificates say 1st and two say 2nd; 3rd and 4th just got bumped up a little bit, I suppose!)
As I mentioned there, clearly, chicken, bacon, and Ranch has always been a great combination. The secret here is in the sauce – it really brings this dish up several notches on the awesome dinners ladder.
Many many thanks to FlavorMosiac.com, who look like they have some other really awesome recipes I’ll definitely be checking out.