Cannabis Infused Bacon Mac & Cheese

Cannabis-Infused Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe
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Cannabis Infused Bacon Mac & Cheese

Author: KC Scannell
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Bacon, Cannabis, Cannabis Infused Bacon, Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

Aside from your newly-created cannabis-butter, here's a list of ingredients you'll need to have at the ready

  • 6 Cups Sharp Cheddar (Smashed)
  • 4 Cups 4 Cups of Milk
  • 4 Cloves 4 Cloves of Garlic (Smashed)
  • 5 Bacon Strips (Chopped)
  • 1 Pound Macaroni Pasta (Elbow)
  • 3 Sprigs Thyme
  • 3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Cups Parsley (Chopped)
Who doesn't love macaroni and cheese? Like, honestly. Does anyone not adore a piping hot bowl of cheesy, noodle-y goodness? It's quite possibly the most perfect dish of all time. Plus, it's versatile. It can be a side dish or the main meal – it just depends on how much you make and what kind of mood you're in. And, to be frank, I don't think I've ever not been in the mood for some mac and cheese – and I don't think I'm alone in saying that.
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There's also a lot of variations one could take with their personal mac and cheese recipe. Some like to add an extra layer of grated parmesan atop the nearly complete batch. Thus, allowing it to perfectly crisp up on the top, making every dunk into the cheesy concoction unbeatable. Or, you could attempt to accomplish a similar crispy, crunchy demeanor with the addition of some bread crumbs near the end of the process. And don't even get me started the various cheeses one could employ to take this dish to the next level.
A Super Simple Recipe For THC-Infused Macaroni & Cheese
While those options are serviceable, they just feel a bit outdated, and a touch lazy, if I can be completely honest. It's easy to toss something on top of the noodles to increase their scrumptiousness, but it's actually skillful to combine those noodles with something else entirely.
In this case, I'm thinking bacon would be the best choice.
If you've never experienced bacon in your mac and cheese before, allow me to be the first to say, I'm sorry. You've obviously missed out on one of life's greatest joys. But, also, I'm here to help. The following recipe that I'm about to dive headfirst into is one for a truly amazing Bacon Mac & Cheese.
But bacon isn't going to be the only secret ingredient.
This batch of mac and cheese is going to fill your plate and help you elevate. That's right, my friends, this is going to be a recipe for Cannabis-Infused Bacon Mac & Cheese. Which, understandably, is a mouthful to say. But trust me, it'll be worth every proverbial bite once you've completed this super simple recipe.
However, as we all know, butter is one of the main components that makes this comfort food so comforting. So, since we want to make a strong batch of mac, we'll need to get our hands on some medicated butter.
If your neighborhood dispensary isn't selling any, don't worry. I can easily tell you how to make some cannabis-infused butter from scratch – no problem. As you may already imagine, I have another, more detailed recipe telling you how to complete the process, but I'll do my best to speed through the procedure, so we can get on with our recipe.
Preheat a saucepan to 240° and place a cup's worth of ground cannabis into it. Then, add in a cup's worth of melted butter. Allow these two to simmer and intertwine with one another for a half hour. After that time, you can strain the contents of the saucepan through some cheesecloth and into a container for storage. Then you can toss that container into the fridge to thicken up a touch. Once it's reached your desired consistency, you can start using it in any recipe that also calls for butter as an ingredient.
Just like this recipe for Cannabis-Infused Bacon Mac & Cheese.

Instructions

  • Okay, enough messing around. Let's get into this recipe already!
  • Per the usual procedure with mac and cheese, let's get ourselves a pot of boiling water. Be sure to have some salt in there, as well. This, of course, is purely up to your personal taste preference. Once that water has come to a boil on high heat, you can toss in your macaroni. Allow that to cook in the pot for nearly 10 minutes. At this point, you can head on over to your sink and drain out the remaining liquid.
  • Once that step has been completed, head over to your oven, and preheat that bad boy to 400°. While that's getting warmed up, you'll want to find yourself a small saucepan. On your stove, in that saucepan, you're going to heat up a few things. You'll start by adding in the milk but follow that up with thyme, and a couple of those cloves of garlic.
  • In a separate, somewhat larger skillet, you'll want to melt your cannabis-infused butter. Do so over medium heat so as not to burn your butter, which would render it utterly and completely useless. So be careful.
  • After about a minute or so, toss in some flour and whisk it until it's expertly blended in. Be sure to keep stirring. You don't want any off-putting lumps in your mixture, trust me.
  • After that, using whichever device you'd like, strain the chunky parts out of the milk from the other saucepan. Then add it to the butter and flour saucepan.
  • At that point, you can add in your cheese.
  • Again, you'll want to keep that stirring of yours on "full-blast." This stirring helps the cheese get to a nice, melty texture. You can now season this bad boy to your liking. Throw in as much salt and/or pepper as you see fit. There are no wrong answers here, people.
  • Now toss in the noodles, along with the parsley.
  • Using a wooden spoon or spatula, you'll want to fold the contents into each other. This allows for all the cheese and flavors to find their way into every nook and cranny. Which translates itself into a truly tasty experience.
  • Then, find yourself a decent-sized baking dish to dump this mixture into. After you've successfully poured all that macaroni into the baking dish, dust off the top of your blend with some remaining cheese. Anything close to 2 cups should suffice.
  • Now, all you have to do with these noodles is throw them in the oven for a half-hour. You'll know they're ready when everything is bubbling.
  • However, all is not done just yet. You still need to make your bacon. But you know how to do that.
  • Simply, saute some bacon strips on a hot pan. You can add some thyme into the pan for some added flavor if you'd like. But it is, in no way, a necessity.
  • Also, if you'd like to add some additional salt to your bacon as it cooks, by all means, go crazy. Either way, once that bacon is good and crispy, remove it from the pan and dab it with a paper towel to remove any excess grease. When that is completed, chop up your strips into nice bite-sized chunks.
  • At this time, your macaroni should be just about at the "bubbly" stage, so you can pull it out of the oven. Then, as you scoop out individual servings for yourself, friends, significant other, or whatever – you can then add as many (or as few) fresh bacon strips as you see fit.
  • That's it.
  • You've successfully made your own batch of Cannabis-Infused Bacon Mac & Cheese. Well done. Now, dig in before it gets cold!

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