What happens when two classic recipes – grilled cheese and mac & cheese – combine? A crispy sandwich that will knock their socks off!

This post is sponsored by the American Dairy Association. All opinions are my own.

Last week, I traveled to gorgeous upstate New York  to learn all about dairy with the American Dairy Association. And it was literally a farm to table event.

From visiting a dairy farm…

…to seeing how cheese is made at a cheese factory…

…to a beautiful farm to table dinner.

And that was only day 1! Day 2 was al about cooking with…you guessed it…dairy. It was a mac-and-cheese throw down. The rules? You had to use cheese from Yancey’s Fancy Cheese and to think outside of the box. And boy did I ever!

The competition was tight. That’s what you get when you throw a bunch of food bloggers into a commercial kitchen. And the smells. I wish we had the technology to harness the yummy smells that were coming out of that kitchen.

For my recipe, I took my Gouda and Bacon Mac-and-Cheese recipe but, instead of baking them in cups, I put it on a sandwich, Yup, a grilled mac-and-cheese sandwich!

Grilled Mac-and-Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Mac-and-Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 16 oz elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2¼ cup skim milk
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp worcestershire
  • 1 lb Yancey's Fancy Maple and Bacon Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked
  • sour dough bread

Instructions

  1. Prepare macaroni according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. In large pot, melt butter over medium high heat. Add skim milk and bring to near boiling. Reduce heat to medium and sprinkle in flour. Whisk vigorously over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Mixture should be thick and boiling. Slowly add cream, while whisking. Add in salt, pepper, mustard and worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in shredded cheese.
  4. Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture.
  5. Butter one side of sour dough bread slice. Place on hot griddle until toasted.
  6. Assemble sandwiches: toasted sour dough bread, scoop of mac-and-cheese, top with crumbled bacon and another slice of sour dough bread.

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