We have a couple of Missionary Elders coming for tea tonight and one of them doesn't like Vegetables. I know! I cannot imagine not like vegetables! Anyways, I made a nice Macaroni and Cheese for supper, which I will serve with some Gammon and carrots (the only vegetable he will eat) and a salad.(which he won't eat, but I have to have salad!)
I had too much macaroni and cheese for the baking dish and so I decided to lend my hand to doing something tasty with the bit that didn't fit. I know . . . I can't help it, the wheels in my culinary head are always turning.
I can't claim to have invented this . . . but it's new to me. If you've already done this, I haven't stolen your recipe. We are just great minds that think alike! (What a fab idea to think that the world is filled with great minds thinking alike!) They say there is nothing new under the sun, only new ways of doing things. I expect that is true.
I decided to create a Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Sandwich, and then I decided as I was gathering my goodies that it would taste even better with crisp pancetta between the layers.
Each bite brings the taste of buttery toasted bread |(Garlicky if you have used garlic mayo instead of butter), salty crisp pancetta and creamy peppery macaroni and cheese! WOWSA! This was FABULOUS!
I was too afraid to eat the whole thing. My arteries were constricting just thinking about it so I tortured the Toddster with half of it. He seemed to enjoy it as well. Now I am pondering what else I can do to this to take it even further over the top. Any ideas??? (I think some rocket/arugula would be a nice addition. Next time!!)
*Grilled Pancetta, Mac & Cheese Sarnies*Makes one
a small handful of grated cheddar cheese
Butter the outsides of the bread with some softened butter or garlic mayonnaise. Place the grated cheese on the un-buttered side of one slice of bread and spread the macaroni and cheese on the un-buttered side of the other slice. Grind a goodly amount of black pepper on the macaroni and cheese. Lay the slices of cooked pancetta on top of the cheese on the other slice. Carefully press the two sides together, taking care that the plain buttered sides are on the outside. Heat a small nonstick skillet. Carefully add the sandwich and brown first on one side, then flip over and brown on the other side. Wait a few minutes and then slice into halves or quarters and enjoy!
You can find a really good Mac & Cheese recipe here.