Simply Outrageous Mac & Cheese – Just Like Jimmy’s

Have you ever been to Jimmy’s in Aspen Colorado? This is a wonderful copycat recipe for Jimmy’s real thing –  Chef Dave Lawrence

1  Pound large elbow macaroni
1  Quart whole milk
6  Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2  Cup all-purpose flour
4  Cups Gruyere, grated
2  Cups extra-sharp aged Cheddar, grated
1 1/2  tsp. kosher salt
1   tsp.  freshly ground black pepper
1/2  tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/2  jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced
1  pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
Panko Bread Crumbs, for topping

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to package directions. Drain well.

Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, being careful not to boil it. Melt the butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add the flour. Whisk over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly to cook out the raw flour taste. While whisking, add the hot milk and bring to a boil, cooking until thickened and smooth.

Off the heat, add the Gruyere, cheddar, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in the jalapeño and bacon and fold in the cooked macaroni. Pour into a 3-quart baking dish. Top with panko bread crumbs.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is evenly browned on the top.

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About Delicious Goodies

Love life, the outdoors, photography, reading, cooking, baking, spending time with family. Just a girl next door in what I call paradise - Southern California. By no means a professional cook, I do enjoy cooking, trying new recipes and sharing with others. I hope you enjoy what you find here! I have one Vegan in the family, so we are always making two meals, rather fun, and it allows us to try new ideas. When I was in Middle School I use to help my Grandmother make cookie canisters - every year at Christmas we would make an assortment of cookies, breads, candy and put them in a wrapped canister and give them as gifts. I still enjoy this idea, although haven't done it that much - at least not an assortment of goodies. I think this year will be the year I go back to that idea and see how everyone likes it. Have a wonderful week, and spread kindness everywhere you go!
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