Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese with Bacon Two Ways

Total Time:
1 hr 55 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 4 cups Easy Mac and Cheese, recipe follows
  • 8 slices country white bread, buttered
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 8 slices thick-cut smoked bacon, cooked
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch slices, optional
  • Hot sauce, such as Frank's, optional
  • Easy Mac and Cheese:
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 ounce processed cheese, such as Velveeta
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp yellow Cheddar
  • Splash hot sauce, or pinch of cayenne
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Evenly spread the Easy Mac and Cheese in an 8-inch square baking dish. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Cut the mac and cheese into 4 equal-size squares.

  • Preheat a griddle over medium-low heat. Place each mac and cheese square on a slice of bread, top with 1 slice American cheese and 2 slices bacon. Top with a second piece of bread and griddle the sandwich until golden and warm, about 4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve.

  • For the adults, toss the tomatoes in some hot sauce and add on top of the bacon before griddling your sandwich.

Easy Mac and Cheese:
  • Cook the macaroni in a large pot of boiling salted water to al dente and drain.

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepot over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and stir for a couple of minutes, making sure it's free of lumps and the flour taste is cooked out. Stir in the milk, bring to a simmer and cook over medium-low until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the processed cheese and Cheddar until melted, add the hot sauce and fold in the macaroni. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.


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