Johnny Jalapeno's 'jumpin Wagon Wheels!' Macaroni and Cheese
photo by 2Bleu
- Ready In:
- 16 ounces large sized elbow macaroni noodles (or wagon wheels shape)
- 8 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 cups half & half light cream (or milk)
- 1 1⁄2 cups shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded gouda cheese
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon habanero sauce (or hot pepper sauce)
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- kosher salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- 1 cup light sour cream
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups cooked lean ham, cubed
- 2 -3 tablespoons chopped jalapeno peppers (to your firey desire)
- 4 slices bacon, raw and cut into 1-inch squares
- 1⁄2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1⁄4 parmesan cheese
- 2 roma tomatoes, sliced thin (or plum tomatoes)
- MACARONI: Cook macaroni according to package and drain well. Pour into a cast iron dutch oven (or crock pot), stir melted butter into the hot pasta and set aside.
- CHEESE SAUCE: Heat milk in a 2 quart sauce pan over medium heat until warmed. Add the cheeses, stirring gently until melted. Season to taste with habanero sauce, dry mustard, salt, and black pepper.
- Remove from heat and fold in the sour cream. Slowly add the beaten eggs while wisking to incorporate. Mix in the chopped ham and jalapenos.
- ASSEMBLY: Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta (the macaroni will be soupy at this point, but it will absorb as it bakes). Note: Dish can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days at this point.
- BAKE: Preheat oven to 350°F Place bacon pieces over the top. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over top of macaroni and bacon.
- Bake approximately 30 minutes (longer if refrigerated) until hot. Remove from oven and place tomatoes over top to resemble wagon wheels and sprinkle with a bit more black pepper if desired. Place back in the oven for 5-10 more minutes. You can turn the oven off and keep warm for a little while til ready to serve.
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We liked the flavor of this, I just had a couple of problems. The bacon on top did not cook well enough so if I make it again I will cook it before adding it. I also nearly drove myself nuts looking for the gouda in the recipe that was mentioned in each of the 3 prior reviews-couldn't find it. I also was unsure what size pan to use. That said, we liked it.
We are already planning on having this again! I couldn't find gouda, so I had to substitute swiss cheese. Hubby raved about the topping, (I guess I've never done that before, hmm). Can never go wrong with mac and cheese in our house. Loved the addition of jalapenos and mustard powder, Delish! Thanks for sharing