Creamy, dreamy macaroni and cheese made with two kinds of cheddar cheese and loaded with sour cream, chives, bacon, and green onions – just like your favorite potato skins.
A few months ago I was invited to participate in Mac and Cheese Mania.
Yes, you read that correctly. Mac and cheese. MANIA.
If you think I didn’t immediately sign up, then you don’t know me very well.
Suddenly, I found myself full of panic. What in the world would I make? What mac and cheese would be good enough for Mac and Cheese Mania?
In my panic, I turned to Boyfriend, looking for suggestions.
“Potato skin mac and cheese.” <– Perhaps the 5 most beautiful words to ever leave his lips. The man is a genius.
And so, this Potato Skin Mac and Cheese was born. Creamy and dreamy, this recipe uses two kinds of cheddar (a sharp white cheddar and a milder yellow cheddar cheese) in a cheese sauce flavored with chives, bacon, and a hint of sour cream. The whole cheesy shebang is loaded into individual ramekins (because who wants to share?) and topped with even more sharp white cheddar, crumbled bacon, and green onions. Just like your favorite potato skins.
Excuse me, I need to go shed some tears of joy.
As if mac and cheese pretending to be potato skins wasn’t enough, there is even more goodness involved in Mac and Cheese Mania! When you head over to Rachel or Brandy’s posts, you can link up your favorite mac and cheese recipe for a chance to win some great prizes, including Door to Door Organics Gift Cards, OXO Gift Baskets, Zak Designs Prize Pack, a year’s supply of Cabot cheese, a Vermont Creamery gift basket, and much more. Holy prizes, Batman! And no worries – you don’t have to be a blogger to link up and enter. (All giveaways open to US residents over the age of 18 only.)
Make sure to read after my Potato Skin Mac and Cheese recipe to see what all of the other bloggers cooked up for the event! There are dozens of great recipes here…I’m going to be dreaming of mac and cheese for weeks.
- 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1½ cups whole milk
- 1 egg
- heaping ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese (+ 3 tablespoons for topping)
- 1 cup shredded mild yellow cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon minced chives
- 6 ounces applewood smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped green onions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 4 8-ounce ramekins. Set aside.
- Set a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- While pasta cooks, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk, cooking for 1 minute. Gradually pour in the milk, whisking constantly. Cook, still whisking, until thick and bubbly. Reduce heat to low.
- In a bowl, whisk together the egg and the sour cream. Add in ¼ cup of the hot milk mixture, whisking to combine. Add another ¼ cup of the milk to the egg mixture, then pour the egg mixture back into the pot of the milk mixture. Whisk to combine, then add in the cheeses, chives, and half of the crumbled bacon. Mix to melt the cheese, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir in the cooked macaroni. Divide into the prepared ramekins. Top with the reserved white cheddar and bacon. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is melted, bacon is crisp, and the whole thing is bubbly and delicious.
- Serve immediately with chopped green onions.
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