Sunday, October 17, 2010
Mac 'n' Cheese for Drew
My friend Meghan and her boyfriend Drew visited Charlotte this weekend. Drew surprised Meghan by getting us tickets to see Chelsea Handler for a girls' night out. So, I wanted to make something extra yummy for him.
I gave Drew four choices over e-mail: (a) Mac 'n' Cheese (b) Creamed Corn (c) Roasted Sweet Potato Salad (d) Banana Pudding. He was QUITE excited about option A. When I asked if it would be okay if I made a variation on the classic recipe, one which would include roasted garlic, bacon and shallots, he was even more excited.
This recipe was called the "Best Mac 'n' Cheese Ever" when it won a Good Morning America contest judged by Emeril in 2008. I clipped it from the local paper, which published it because the winner was Charlotte's Laura Macek.
You can click through and read the full recipe for yourself. I roasted the garlic in the morning to save time. Then I fried the bacon (I used almost the whole pound instead of just the half-pound the recipe calls for...no need to skimp on bacon!).