I will put forth the following disclaimer - this is a spicy dinner. If you are feeding a family of young kids, or older ones who just don't like hot spicy food, I would definitely cut back on the amount of hot sauce used. Actually, the hot sauce is added in 2 places. If you want to make it less spicy, I would start by NOT adding it to the cheese mixture and go from there. Otherwise, if you like hot and spicy, then this is for you!!
Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
Active Time: 35 minutes; Total Time: 1 hr. 15 minutes; Serves 6-8
Original Recipe from Food Network Kitchens
7 T unsalted butter, plus more for the dish
1 pound elbow macaroni (or other fun pasta, I used campanelle)
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
3 C shredded rotisserie chicken
2 cloves garlic, minced
¾ C hot sauce (preferably Frank’s)
2 T all-purpose flour
2 tsp. dry mustard
2 ½ C half and half
1 lb. yellow sharp cheese, cut into 1” cubes (about 3 ½ C)
8 oz. pepper jack cheese, shredded (about 2 C)
2/3 C sour cream
1 C panko crumbs
½ C crumbled blue cheese
2 T chopped fresh parsley
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9x13 baking dish. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain.
2. Meanwhile, melt 3 T butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken and garlic and cook 2 minutes, then add ½ C hot sauce and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 more minute.
3. Melt 2 T butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and mustard with a wooden spoon until smooth. Whisk in the half and half, then add the remaining ¼ C hot sauce and stir until thick, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, then whisk in the sour cream until smooth.
4. Spread half of the macaroni in the prepared baking dish, then top with the chicken mixture and the remaining macaroni. Pour the cheese sauce evenly on top.
5. Put the remaining 2 T butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted. Stir in the panko, blue cheese and parsley. Sprinkle over macaroni and bake until bubbly, 30-40 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
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And now - for more fun news!! I am incredibly honored to be given my 2nd award from a fellow blogger, Nami at Just One Cookbook. Please check out her blog as it features many Japanese recipes - and for those of you who know me well, I absolutely LOVE Japanese food!!
This is called the "Sisterhood of the World Bloggers" Award - and I am humbled that my fellow foodie bloggers would think of me. What I think is so fun about receiving and giving these awards is that it allows me to share a little bit about myself - and I love to share :-)
1. Organization is NOT my gift, but I insist the clothes in my closet are color coordinated.
2. I would much rather spend $150 on a pair of running shoes than a pair of cute boots, heels or sandals.
3. As much as I LOVE food, I have an unsophisticated palette - I have a hard time identifying ingredients in a dish just by tasting it :-)
4. I love the idea of "change". It sounds like so much fun!
5. I hate giving kids baths - that has always been my hubby's task.
6. I love musicals, and would spend all my free time watching them whether it's a movie or a live production.
7. I would much rather watch a slap-stick comedy movie than a romance or thriller.
Okay - my turn to nominate other amazing foodie bloggers! Woot woot! I love recognizing others!! I am a follower of these bloggers, and I so enjoy reading the recipes they are cooking and their stories to go along with it. Cook on, bake on foodie loves!
7. Ryan Bakes
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Enjoy and live with gusto!