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Jun 4, 201309:30 AMFood & Dining

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Bacon and Mac & Cheese Pie

Jun 4, 2013 - 09:30 AM
Bacon and Mac & Cheese Pie

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In the realm of amateur home-based culinary excursions, it's important to keep in mind that bacon tastes wonderful and designated drivers are not needed when drinking at home.  (Warning: Adult supervision and responsible decision-making is always wise when wielding knives, operating ovens/stovetops and not leaving a giant mess of dishes for the following day.) 

How do you kick off a brand-new web column about big and/or interesting food?  That's right – bake a homemade bacon and macaroni & cheese pie; mix together pebble-y fruit cereal, marshmallows, Devil's Food Cake, frosting and sprinkles; and invent two never-before-invented adult beverages. 

A Pie of Meat, Cheese and Noodles

It's pie.  It's macaroni and cheese.  It's bacon.  And it's going to make your kitchen smell amazing.  The recipe is fairly straightforward and requires little actual culinary skill.  The most difficult parts are having patience while the white sauce thickens from the cheese part of the mac & cheese, and weaving the bacon together atop the pie is no walk in the park.  The secret to the white sauce is not thinking that more heat equals faster thickening because you'll most likely just end up burning it.  Take your time, keep stirring and have a sip of beverage to ease the sauce-thickening tension.  With the bacon weave, follow the pattern of alternating over and under – lay an entire slice across the pie, then fold its neighbor to allow the crossing slice to go underneath.  Fold and unfold until the crisscrossed, over-under bacon blanket is finished.  Consult the finished pie photo to make sure it matches. 

Bacon and Macaroni & Cheese Pie

8-ounce (1/2 box) elbow noodles
2 cups milk
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. butter
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
pinch of salt and pepper
1 pound of uncooked bacon
1 frozen pie crust 

1.  Boil elbow noodles until soft – drain and set aside
2.  Melt butter in medium pot – stir in flour, salt and pepper.
3.  Meanwhile, cook 5 bacon slices in a pan or microwave – chop 4 slices into small pieces and set aside.  Eat remaining bacon slice if you haven't already.
4.  Slowly stir in milk.  Continue stirring until mixture thickens.
5.  Remove from heat, and add cheddar and parmesan cheeses.
6.  Mix cooked elbow noodles, cheese sauce and chopped bacon – set aside.
7.  Pre-cook frozen pie crust according to packages directions.
8.  Scoop macaroni, cheese and bacon mixture into pre-cooked pie crust, creating a rounded mound just above the pie-crust line.
9.  Weave together remaining uncooked slices of bacon atop the pie.  Do not eat raw bacon. 
10.  Bake at 425 F for 15 minutes or until bacon is crisp.   

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