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July 14 is Macaroni Day!

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1. Cheeseburger Macaroni

Cheeseburger Macaroni

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef
1 (1 oz) packet taco seasoning (or homemade taco seasoning)
1 (10 oz) can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies (or petite diced tomatoes)
2 cups beef broth (or water)
1 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked

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2. Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Ingredients:

1 lb Macaroni
2 (8 oz) Packages of Sharp Cheddar Cheese Chunk
1 1/4 cup Milk
1/2 cup Flour
1/4 cup Butter
2 Eggs
3 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Salt & Pepper to taste
Vegetable Oil (for frying)

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3. Macaroni And Cheese Pie With A Bacon Lattice

Macaroni And Cheese Pie With A Bacon Lattice

Ingredients:

For the crust
3½ cups all-purpose flour (from the freezer if possible)
1 cup (2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter, cut into ½” cubes
¼ cup cold vegetable shortening
1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. scant apple cider vinegar + enough ice water to make ¾ cup liquid

For mac ‘n’ cheese filling
5 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 cups dried macaroni
4 Tbsp. of butter (½ a stick)
4 Tbsp. flour
2.5 cups heavy cream
2 tsp mustard powder
1 egg yolk
1 pound grated cheese — an equal parts mixture of gruyere, sharp cheddar, brie (no rind)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the bacon lattice
8 slices bacon
1 Tbsp. brown sugar

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4. Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad

Ingredients:

4 cups Elbow Macaroni
3 whole Roasted Red Peppers, Chopped (more To Taste, Can Also Use Pimentos)
1/2 cup Black Olives, Chopped Fine
6 whole Sweet/spicy Pickle Slices, Diced (about 1/2 Cup Diced)
3 whole Green Onions, Sliced (white And Dark Green Parts)
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Red Wine Or Distilled Vinegar
3 teaspoons Sugar, More Or Less To Taste
1/4 teaspoon Salt, More To Taste
Plenty Of Black Pepper
1/4 cup Milk (more If Needed)
Splash Of Pickle Juice (spicy Sweet Pickles)
Extra Pickle Juice To Taste

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5. Garlic, Bacon, and Beer Macaroni and Cheese

Garlic, Bacon, and Beer Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 T unsalted butter, divided
3 T all-purpose flour
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 t fresh thyme leaves, divided
2 c milk
3/4 c stout beer (such as Guinness)
1 t kosher salt
pinch fresh cracked pepper
2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 c Wispride- or Kaukauna-brand sharp cheddar cheese spread (available in the dairy aisle)
8 oz elbow macaroni
1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
garnish: fresh thyme leaves and couple pinches barbecue seasoning, such as Chef Prudhomme’s or my Grilling Rub for Chicken

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