Celebrate Mac and Cheese Day with this mouthwatering recipe from Sarah Glover, Traeger Grills Australia Ambassador and author of WILD: Adventure Cookbook. Her Twice-Cooked Smoky Macaroni Cheese with Whisky is a flavor-packed twist on the classic dish that will leave you craving more. Gather your ingredients and fire up your Traeger Grill for a cheesy delight like no other.
1 teaspoon salt
500 g dried macaroni
400 g diced bacon
2 tablespoons salted butter
1/4 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
1/2 cup whisky
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon hot English mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cups double (heavy) cream
1 1/4 cups grated cheddar
1/2 cup grated gruyere
2/3 cup grated parmesan
1 cup dried breadcrumbs
1/4 cup melted salted butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup grated cheddar
In a large saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Preheat your Traeger Grill to 180°C, using apple wood pellets for a smoky flavor.
Place a deep cast-iron frying pan or skillet on the grill and cook the diced bacon until golden. Transfer the bacon to a bowl, leaving 2 tablespoons of bacon fat in the pan. Add the butter to the pan and let it melt, then whisk in the flour until combined.
Add whisky, chicken stock, hot English mustard, and Worcestershire sauce to the pan. Whisk until smooth, being careful not to overheat the mixture. Simmer the sauce, whisking occasionally to scrape up any browned bits, until it thickens.
Stir in the cream, then add the grated cheddar, gruyere, and parmesan. Stir until the cheese melts and the sauce becomes thick and cheesy. Add the cooked macaroni to the sauce and mix well.
Transfer the macaroni cheese to a fireproof baking dish.
In a bowl, combine the dried breadcrumbs, melted butter, and bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle this mixture over the macaroni cheese and top with grated cheddar.
Place the baking dish in the Traeger Grill and cook for approximately 30 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.
Remove from the grill and let it cool for a few minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Indulge in this delectable Smoky Macaroni Cheese with Whisky recipe on Mac and Cheese Day, and savor the irresistible combination of flavors and textures. Your taste buds will thank you for this unforgettable twist on a beloved classic.
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