Grilled Mac & Cheese


A great comfort food prepared on the grill. The different cheeses, the sweet peppers and the seasoned breadcrumbs combine to give this Mac & Cheese a two thumbs up.



What You’ll Need

1 - Red Pepper

1 - Green Pepper

1Lb. - Elbow Macaroni

½ - stick Butter

3 Tbls. - all purpose Flour

2 - Cups Milk

1 cup - Asiago Cheese - Grated

1 - Cup Monterey Jack Cheese - Grated   

½ - Cup White Cheddar Cheese - Grated

½ - Cup Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese - Grated

1 ½ - Cup Yellow Cheddar Cheese - Grated

½ - tsp Kosher Salt

1 - Jalapeños - diced (to taste)

½ - tsp freshly ground pepper

¼ - Cup Seasoned bread crumbs

How It’s Done

Preheat grill to about 350 degrees F.

  • Quarter the red and green peppers; place them on the grill cooking until tender.    Remove from grill, dice and set aside**
  • Boil the elbow Macaroni according to package directions until al-dente. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat melt the butter, then whisk in flour to thicken.  Add half of the milk (1 cup) and whisk in. 
  • Begin adding the cheeses slowly, 1 at a time, whisking until blended. If sauce becomes too thick add more of the milk. When all cheeses are blended add the salt, black pepper and grilled peppers.Stir to blend
  • Add the macaroni to the cheese mixture, blending thoroughly. 
  • Place mixture into a 9x13 baking dish (Cast Iron if you have it). Sprinkle top with the seasoned bread crumbs and place in covered grill heating indirectly (place coals to one side and dish on cool side or turn burners off under dish). Heat for approximately 12 minutes. Serve warm.


Options:   

  • Add a jalapeño pepper finely diced and 1/8 tsp of Cayenne Pepper. Start low and adjust for personal taste. This gives it a nice little kick many adults appreciate. I usually use the nacho sliced pickled jalapeño peppers and add them when I am melting the butter.

Tips

•**When grilling sweet bell peppers, the outer skin will begin to blacken, don't worry.

When the peppers are tender and cooked, remove them and immediately place them into a ziploc bag and seal. Wait a few minutes then remove and gently slide the blackened skin right off with your fingers or a dry paper towel.