“Grilled” Mac & Cheese



   I have been trying out several new sides lately and came up on this winner.  “Grilled Mac & Cheese” is not your kids Kraft Mac & Cheese. This one is amped up to be a REAL comfort food for adults (and kids with a discriminating pallet). Don’t let the name scare you off. Although it can be made in the house and in the oven...it is much more fun to make it outside on the grill.

   It has several different cheeses including Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Asiago. The grilled Bell Pepper and Jalapeño also  helps set it apart from all the rest. If I don’t have fresh Jalapeño on hand I use nacho sliced pickled Jalapeños found in almost any grocery store. Start off with a few and finely dice them. Even people not fond of peppers will enjoy it.

  I usually use Italian seasoned bread crumbs off the shelf. However in a pinch, simply dry out a couple pieces of bread and pulverize them in your blender, food processor or even by hand in a plastic bag...and add some dry seasoning such as Basil, Oregano, Thyme etc.