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Monday, November 29, 2010

Mac & Texas Cheese with Chicken and Roasted Chiles

Well, Thanksgiving at my house with my parents and Chris was a success!  I loved having my parents here to enjoy the holiday with....and it's nice to know that in 4 weeks I will see them again!! YAY!  I had a great time with was just nice to sit and chat and not have to worry about being somewhere or doing something.  Thanksgiving dinner turned out to be fantastic!  I smoked the turkey this year and despite all the hesitation and fear I had, it turned out PERFECTLY!!  I mean it was "everyone sitting at the table mmmmm-ing and yum-ing" good!  I was so happy and actually quite proud of the outcome.  Though I'm not sharing it with you today, I will share it with you... I mean it's just to pretty not to!!

Now that Thanksgiving is actually behind us, I'm ready to start creating different things in the kitchen I'm going to hit the ground running and start the week off right with a recipe as far away from thanksgiving as I can get.  Well, actually, that's not true, some people do have mac and cheese with their thanksgiving dinner....but I'm thinking few people have something like this!  This was a creamy and flavorful mac and cheese and it will definitely find it's way to our table again soon!

Mac & Texas Cheese with Chicken and Roasted Chiles
Adapted from Southern Living
Printable Recipe 
2 poblano peppers
1 box (14.5oz) Barilla Plus elbow macaroni (or other elbow macaroni)
3 Tablespoons butter, unsalted
3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup whipping cream (or heavy cream)
1 cup milk
2 1/2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
4 oz crumbled goat cheese
salt and pepper
2 small chicken breasts, cooked and cut into small bite size pieces

Roast pepper on the grill or under the broiler in the oven until blistered and blackened.  Place in Ziploc bag and seal.  Let rest for 5-10 minutes, or until cool enough to handle.  Peel blackened skin off, remove stem and seeds, and dice; set a side.

Prepare the pasta according to package instructions.  Drain and set aside.

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk in flour until smooth.  Cook 1 minutes, whisking constantly.  Slowly whisk in the cream and milk.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly; about 5 minutes.  Slowly stir in both cheese and stir until smooth (this may take a little time, so be patient).  Do not allow the mixture to boil.  Add the chicken and roasted peppers.  Add the pasta and stir to combine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Enjoy!
P.S.  You can bake this mac & cheese too if you want.  Just add the mixture to a baking dish, cover with bread crumbs and additional shredded cheese and bake at 375 degrees until top is golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.


Bo said...

I love mac n cheese. Adding chicken makes it a meal.

Big Dude said...

As a big fan of poblanos - I grow them nearly every year, I'm sure they made a great additon to the mac, but I've never tried it. Looks delicious. Looking forward to hearing about the turkey.

Yenta Mary said...

I would eat that right now, for breakfast! Oh, it looks so good ... :)

StephenC said...

"Texas cheese?" My mother always used only two kinds of pasta (or, as she would call it, macaroni), elbow and spaghetti. I'd like to make this using some kind of sausage, maybe the homemade wok-smoked turkey sausage I plan to make next week. Jeez, everybody's posting today.

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Pablano peppers, LOVE. Mac & cheese, LOVE. The marriage of the 2, LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Love the addition of chilies to this. Great call. Hope you had a nice holiday.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner

Mary said...

What a gorgeous photo. I love the changes you've made to traditional Mac n' Cheese. This sounds delicious. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) said...

So glad to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving, Jenn. This meal looks absolutely scrumptious for a nice fall dinner. It may be morning, but I could go for a bowl of this now! Thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

Mmmm. It looks so creamy and delicious.

Jane @ Going Jane said...

Oh Heavens, Jenn...that looks fabulous! :)

Chris said...

The chilies are what makes this one go over the top for me.