~ Five Cheese Beer Mac-n-Cheese ~
In preparation of this recipe, I received free product samples from Quidi Vidi Brewery. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Girl Heart Food possible and for helping me to continue to do what I love – cook, eat and share delicious recipes.
Beer + cheese + pasta is definitely a winning combination, don’t ya think? Enter Five Cheese Beer Mac-n-Cheese—>this one is packed with mozzarella, cheddar, gouda, parmesan and cream cheese for one creamy bite. The beer adds a subtle flavour and sweetness to the mix – definitely comfort food perfect for a cold day.
Hi everyone? How’s it going? Around here the weather is getting colder. I’m totally about all things comfort from my clothes (hello oversized sweaters, woolly socks, and leggings) to a bazillion candles lite for ambiance to, of course, my food.
Truth be told, I’m always about comfort food (well about 99.9% of the time). The remaining 0.1% is behaving because, otherwise, it’s a life-long journey in stretchy pants – feel me??
Cooking with Beer
Today I’m combining some of my favourite things – cheese, carbs and beer. For this Five Cheese Beer Mac-n-Cheese (whoa, that’s a mouthful), I used a beer from a local company, Quidi Vidi Brewing Co., located in Quidi Vidi village, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Quidi Vidi (commonly pronounced ‘kiddy viddy’) is an historic and very scenic location. It’s quite beautiful!
Quidi Vidi Brewery have been making their delicious products for quite some time (since 1996). They have a wide range of beers, once of which is called ‘Iceberg’ and is actually made with glacial water from icebergs that are found right here in Newfoundland. How cool is that?
This beer mac-n-cheese uses Quidi Vidi’s 1892 Traditional Ale. It’s a lovely honey-hued beer and is not too heavy with just a subtle sweetness. It’s one of my favourite beers made by Quidi Vidi Brewing, but you can’t go wrong with any of their beers.
It may look like a fair number of ingredients here but, honestly, they are all very simple pantry/fridge staples. And this recipe yields lots so it’s perfect for feeding a family, or for entertaining when you have friends over.
I opted to crisp up the bacon separately from the mac. Why? I didn’t want all that bacon grease spreading all over the place. There’s a place for everything, including bacon grease, but it’s not in this recipe. Grandma’s deadly biscuits? Sure! Here? Nope!
Now, there’s a little matter of condiments! It’s highly debatable on what type of condiment goes on mac and cheese. Do you enjoy yours as is? Or do you drizzle your favourite little somethin’ somethin’…I’m looking at you ketchup and hot sauce. Some people may shiver at the thought of ketchup with pasta, but I grew up with the stuff. These days, I don’t use ketchup for my mac, but definitely hot sauce. Dad still rocks the ketchup. You do you, am I right?? This ain’t rocket science or anything 😉
The only problem with this beer mac-n-cheese recipe is having to wait for it to cool a bit before digging in but, trust me, it’s worth the wait.
Until next time take care and chit chat again soon 🙂
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