Super Bowl Sunday is a glorious day to celebrate the football lifestyle in the form of pure gluttony – and I absolutely love it! It’s a calorie-induced day to binge on red meat and just about anything deep-fried. Most party appetizers include spicy Texas chili, nachos smothered in sour cream, calzones stuffed with an assortment of cold cuts, and greasy (yet delicious) pepperoni pizza – and these are just the starters! Tables are covered with bottomless bowls of potato chips, onion dip, Tostitos, salsa, popcorn, and endless varieties of other munchies. The Super Bowl is about much more than the sport itself (and the lousy commercials). It’s an unsung holiday to indulge, or should I say overindulge on the finest foods football has to offer.
Since my favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, were in contention of a 7th Lombardi trophy this year, I decided to kick it up a notch. My fiancé and I did some home cooking and she even whipped up my favorite dish: Baked 4 Cheese Mac & Cheese and Bacon.
If you want to learn how to cook a restaurant-quality, gourmet Mac & Cheese, well, then you’re in luck. This dish is an absolute show-stopper. It has my mouth-watering just writing about it – which may sound cliché but I’m serious, I am (expletive) salivating right now.
The Mac & Cheese is incredibly rich in flavor from the combination of parmesan, american, sharp cheddar, and Colby Jack cheeses. The bacon brings the dish to a whole new level with a smoky and savory touch. The panko bread crumbs and Ritz crackers sprinkled on top form a crunchy layer which is a delicious contrast to the soft, delicate pasta. Last but not least, the tomatoes are also a great addition to the dish. The juiciness from the tomatoes creates a tasty change of pace between bites.
Below I have included her recipe. And yes, I did get her permission first!!
1 package of bacon (cut into small pieces)
1 whole sweet vidalia onion (finely chopped)
1 1/2 lbs ziti (your favorite pasta will do)
1/2 lb white American cheese
4 cups sharp cheddar
1/2 lb Colby jack cheese
8 oz parmesan cheese
2 8 oz cans diced tomatoes
Panko bread crumbs
Sauté bacon till crispy- season with oregano and basil
set aside bacon into bowl-
using the renderings from the bacon- sauté onions until soft–season to taste with salt and pepper
boil pasta till slightly al dente
drain pasta- return to pot.
add into pasta the bacon, onion and cheese. mix well with large wooden spoon
add in diced tomatoes
place contents into an oven safe glass dish
sprinkle over the top panko bread crumbs and crumbled Ritz crackers and parsley
in 350 degree oven
bake uncovered 35-40 min or until slightly browned on top
Luckily, the Mac & Cheese was able to drown away my sorrows due to the unfortunate outcome of the game. I’m sure I’ll get over the loss…eventually.
Try cooking the dish and let us know what you think. We’re looking forward to reading about your comments below!