Baked Mac and Cheese with Candied Bacon and Fried Green Tomato Crust
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Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese with Candied Bacon and Fried Green Tomato Crust

This Homemade Southern Baked Mac and Cheese is unlike any other!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Course: pasta
Cuisine: southern
Keyword: bacon, baked, cheddar, fried green tomatoes, homemade, mac n cheese, macaroni and cheese, noodles, pasta, southern food, tillamook

Ingredients

For the Candied Bacon

  • 1 lb bacon sliced into tiny lardons
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt

For the Mac and Cheese

  • 3 tbsp salted butter
  • pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups half n half
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 lb Tillamook Sharp cheddar grated
  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 lb shells cooked 1 minute before al dente

For the Fried Green Tomato Crust

  • 2 green tomatoes diced into tiny cubes
  • 1 cup panko
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp all purpose seasoning

Instructions

For the Candied Bacon

  • Add chopped bacon to a cast iron skillet over medium heat and cook until slightly crispy. Drain fat.
  • Add brown sugar, smoked paprika and a pinch of salt - stir and cook for one minute.
  • Add red wine vinegar and stir. Cook for 4-5 more minutes over medium heat. Pour onto parchment paper and separate into clusters. Allow to cool and harden while you make the mac and cheese.

For the Homemade Mac and Cheese

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic powder and a few cranks of fresh ground pepper. Whisk in flour and cook down for a few minutes until the roux is fragrant and light beige.
  • Slowly whisk in half n half and hot sauce. Let the sauce begin to bubble and thicken. Stir in half of the cheese, little by little, until it’s melted and creamy. Taste and season with salt, pepper and yellow mustard if needed.
  • Mix in shells then finish by mixing in the rest of the shredded cheddar and the candied bacon clusters. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

For the Fried Green Tomato Crust

  • Melt butter then mix in panko and seasoning.
  • Place the chopped green tomatoes on top of the mac and cheese and sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper.
  • Add the buttery panko mixture on top and bake the entire dish for 30 minutes until bubbly and golden! If your crust isn’t as golden, you can pop it under the broiler but be sure to watch because it can burn quite quickly!