Smoked Guinness & Irish Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese
Are you looking for a way to add some flavor to your Macaroni & Cheese? Try giving it an Irish flair by adding some Guinness beer and Irish Cheddar Cheese. Then put it on your smoker. Finally add a Bread Crumb topping. It will definitely kick up the flavors for sure! Let me show you how easy it is to make.
1 pound elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2/3 cup Guinness
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
3 1/2 cups grated cheddar
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
Salt & Pepper to taste
Boil elbow macaroni in well salted water and cook until just al dente, then drain. Next in a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together for a minute. While whisking, pour in Guinness, milk, half and half, salt, pepper, and mustard. Bring to a simmer and cook, whisking frequently, until it thickens slightly (several minutes).
Add cream cheese and grated cheddar and stir/whisk until completely smooth. Add drained, cooked pasta and stir to combine. Place on smoker and smoke at 225-250 degrees for an hour or until the cheese has melted completely and taken on some color from the smoke.
Topping (if using): In a medium skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add garlic and breadcrumbs and cook, stirring frequently, until the breadcrumbs are lightly toasted and the mixture is fragrant. Remove from the heat, add salt and pepper to taste and minced parsley. Sprinkle on top of the Macaroni & Cheese and serve. Enjoy!
To see how I made this recipe simply watch my video below.