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Smoked Mac & Cheese -- Comfort Food

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by oldsmokerdude, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. oldsmokerdude

    oldsmokerdude Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    It's cold and rainy outside. It's my turn to cook dinner but I don't want to be watching over a smoker for hours and hours (okay, maybe I'm a little grumpy) . Time for some comfort food.

    There are two schools of thought when it comes to home-made Mac and Cheese. Those that like crunchy, cheesy and those that prefer creamier. I think we would all agree that either one is way better than anything that comes out of a box. The following recipe is for a creamy style (the pictures are a doubled recipe)

    • 1 cup cottage cheese (not low fat)
    • 2 cups milk (not skim)
    • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
    • Pinch cayenne
    • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 pound sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
    • ½ pound elbow pasta, uncooked.
    1. Get your smoker going at about 250. I used hickory for a "full flavor" but use whatever you prefer.
    2. In a blender, puree cottage cheese, milk, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg and salt and pepper together. blender.jpg
    3. Reserve ¼ cup grated cheese for topping.
    4. In a large bowl, combine remaining grated cheese, milk mixture and uncooked pasta.
    5. Pour mixture in a greased/buttered pan
      readyfor oven.jpg
    6. Place in smoker and cook for one hour.
    7. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and cook for another hour.
    8. Serve and enjoy
  2. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Man that final shot of the pan has me salivating.

    I haven't made any smoked Mac-n-Cheese in awhile, gotta change that.

    5GRILLZNTN Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Gonna have to try that! The Cottage Cheese and Nutmeg are a surprise! Nice job.
  4. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I had to double take! Cottage Cheese! I'll try this some time! I like the creamier mac n cheese my self!
  5. SlickRockStones

    SlickRockStones Smoke Blower

    I need a nap.
  6. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nicely done!
    Can't beat a plate of mac-n-cheese!
    And yours looks delicious!
  7. Winterrider

    Winterrider Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    So are the ingredients for a single batch, but you have a double batch in the 9x12 correct? Looks like a keeper for sure.
  8. oldsmokerdude

    oldsmokerdude Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks everyone for you kind words. I was as tasty as it looked. Wish I could have shared it with you.
  9. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I entirely wickedly forgot how much cheese this truly needs. Got one pound of shredded cheddar. I am going to hand shred a pound of smoked pepper jack for the other pound I need in a double batch. Sunday dinner hopefully is going to be amazing :)