I made a nice Macaroni and Cheese for supper one night at the weekend and had a bit extra mac and cheese that didn't fit into the casserole dish. I hate waste and so I decided to do what any who loves to cook, loves to eat and hates waste would do. I created something tasty with it. Don't shoot me because once you see this, your life will never be the same again. ð Sorry about that!
Meet the Grilled Mac, Cheese and Pancetta Sandwich. I know . . . I can't help it, the wheels in my culinary head are always turning.
I can't claim to have invented this . . . but it's new to me. If you've already done this, I haven't stolen your recipe. We are just great minds that think alike! (What a fab idea to think that the world is filled with great minds thinking alike!) They say there is nothing new under the sun, only new ways of doing things. I expect that is true.
This is so tasty . . . yes . . . more than tad bit hedonistic to be sure. But once in a blue moon a gal just has to do what a gal has to do . . . and as you know by now I like to push the envelope a tad bit now and then.
Each bite brings the taste of buttery toasted bread |(Garlicky if you have used garlic mayo instead of butter), salty crisp pancetta and creamy peppery macaroni and cheese! WOWSA! This was FABULOUS!
I was too afraid to eat the whole thing. My arteries were constricting just thinking about it so I tortured the Toddster with half of it. He seemed to enjoy it as well. Now I am pondering what else I can do to this to take it even further over the top. Any ideas??? (I think some rocket/arugula would be a nice addition. Next time!!)
My instructions and amounts are for one sandwich, but can easily be upped to more. I used my homemade macaroni and cheese for this, before it was baked in the oven. I just removed about a cup of it and then put the rest into the casserole dish to bake a bit later on.
2 slices good white bread
4 slices of pancetta, cooked until crisp
softened butter or garlic mayo
about 1 cup of prepared good macaroni and cheese
a small handful of grated cheddar cheese
Fresh ground black pepper
Note: If you really want to be hedonistic, you can brown them in the fat leftover from cooking the pancetta. I'm not going to admit to this.
You can find a really good Mac & Cheese recipe here.
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