In honor of September 28 Drink a Beer Day how's abouts we turn a bowl of homemade Mac into a beer fest and EAT our beer?!
Extra creamy mac and cheese gets a flavor boost from craft beer and extra sharp cheddar. A topping of homemade garlic-pepper-parmesan breadcrumbs (these things are gonna make you squeal with delight) top this dish off in style!
Here's how it all begins. Mac. Cheese. Beer. Need we say more?
Mix together this gorgeous, creamy cheese sauce by whisking together cheese, a smidgen of yogurt, and a nice, local ale.
For cooking, it's best to use a lighter, more blonde, craft beer rather than a full-flavored ale. Darker beers can taste bitter when added with other ingredients.
You're also gonna brown up some kielbasa.
Then bake and cube a loaf of Pillsbury bread. Because you're yummy like that, and homemade croutons are the most yummy things in the world.
Layer it all together in a greased 9x9-inch pan or baking dish. Mac first, with a bit of extra cheese stirred in.
Kielbasa, baby. Put it on top of your mac and cheese, then stir it in just slightly.
Breadcrumbs and more cheese goes up top.
Bake until golden brown and the cheese gets bubbly.
Then set out giant dishes and call your people to dinner. It's time to eat. Extra beer encouraged for sipping.
This is one flavor pairing you could call… inspired perfection.
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