Lunch Lady Cookbook Achin’ For Bacon Mac & Cheese
Hey there boys and girls! This is the Lunch Laddy, Michael Gillan Maxwell comin’ at ya with a new installment of The Lunch Lady Cookbook. Back when the Lunch Lady Cookbook was just a gleam in his father’s eye, the Lunch Laddy was on a quest for the Holy Grail of Comfort Foods, the ultimate Mac & Cheese. I know our thousands of foodie fans out there were dismayed and even outraged by esoteric vegan recipes and gustatory explorations into parts unknown and roads untraveled.
People were saying: “Hey Lunch Laddy! What gives? You promised us Mac & Cheese and you give us recipes for vegan burritos and free range goulash. You bask in all the glory and we get bupkis! Enough already! We want the Mac & Cheese we were promised!”
The people have spoken and the Lunch Laddy has heard. I am here today to deliver what was promised. The Lunch Lady Cookbook is proud to present Achin’ For Bacon Mac & Cheese!
The Lunch Laddy will be the first to tell you he’s not a doctor and the last to offer medical advice. However, due to the rich nature of this particular dish, all of us here at The Lunch Lady Cookbook offices recommended that you schedule an EKG and a stress test to determine if you still have at least one available unclogged artery before proceeding. It’s like having enough available memory on your computer before taking on a software update.
You will need the following:
- 1 package Gluten Free Brown Rice Elbows (Hey! Shut up! We need something healthy in this dish!)
- 2-3 cups of assorted cheeses ~ sharp cheddar, colby, jack & Romano for starters.
- 3/4 cup skim milk
- 5 slices cooked bacon ~ sliced, diced & chopped
- Garlic powder
- Red pepper flakes
How we do it:
- Cook pasta for 2-3 minutes and drain. (It will be super el dente, but this is what you need because it’s gonna bake for a while. It’s called Mac & Cheese NOT Mush & Cheese)
- Lubricate baking dish with butter. This is no time to be shy. Grease that puppy up!
- Pour in pasta and stir in cheese, bacon and spices, saving some of each for the coup de grâce topping.
- Cover and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
- Brown, uncovered for the last coupla minutes.
- Cover and let stand for at least an hour.
- Serve with copious amounts ketchup.
Musical Accompaniment: Todd Snider station on Pandora
Libation: A rich full bodied red wine with undercurrents of blueberry jam and hot dogs. Jug wine from the bottom shelf will be the prefect accompaniment to this prosaic dish.
Until the next time, this is the Lunch Laddy, Michael Gillan Maxwell signing off and saying: Eat hearty me hearties!