September 22, 2012

Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Crushed Doritos


Dorito-crusted macaroni and cheese - need I say more?  Sometimes it's good to live a little!  Happy first day of autumn!

Tips:  If you would prefer a slightly healthier version of this recipe, you can substitute the crushed Doritos for Panko breadcrumbs.  You can also use skim milk in place of the whole milk.


Ingredients:
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni, cooked and drained well.  
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion salt
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 2 c whole milk
  • 3/4 c sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1/2 c Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 handful Doritos, crushed 
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt 3 tbsp of butter in a large sauce pan over low heat.  Whisk in the flour, pepper, salt, garlic powder, pepper, onion salt and paprika, until well combined.  Continue to whisk and cook for 2 minutes.  

Gradually whisk in the milk.  Increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a boil, whisking frequently.  Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes, whisking frequently.  

Stir 1/2 c of the cheddar cheese, Monterey jack cheese and mozzarella cheese into the sauce pan.  Add the cooked elbow macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir well to combine.  Don't be tempted to eat that cheesy creaminess yet!


Pour the mixture into a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 c of cheddar cheese on top.  Sprinkle the crushed Doritos evenly over the top.  Drizzle the melted butter over all.  

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 3 minutes before serving.


Enjoy!

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