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Whiskey Macaroni and Cheese

Whiskey Macaroni and Cheese ~ Twist on the classic macaroni cheese by using whiskey fortified cheddar and made in a slow cooker.Whiskey Macaroni and Cheese ~ Twist on the classic macaroni cheese by using whiskey fortified cheddar and made in a slow cooker ~ The Complete SavoristWho doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese made in a slow cooker?

Jan of 2015, I was reading my copy of Southern Living Magazine (yes, I live in the West, but this magazine is simply wonderful) when I happened upon a recipe that stopped me in my tracks. Uncle Jack’s Mac n cheese. I ripped that page right out and set it on my shelf. I saw this torn out page EVERY SINGLE DAY for over a year. It has always been on my mind to make. But as it goes in my profession, the list of things I want to make never gets shorter. Whiskey Macaroni and Cheese ~ Twist on the classic macaroni cheese by using whiskey fortified cheddar and made in a slow cooker ~ The Complete SavoristThis post is sponsored by Beehive Cheese.  During a recent visit to their facility I received a goody bag of cheeses to enjoy and use, and all thoughts and opinions, glowing, gushing, or otherwise about their cheeses are 100% my own.

While touring Beehive Cheese (an article to come on that shortly), Briton, my tour guide and cheese maker sent me home with several types of cheese to sample. Who says no to cheese?

The recipe for the mac n cheese that I tore from the magazine and Beehive cheese seemed to a match made in heaven. And the whiskey fortified cheese seemed like the perfect twist. Enter this Whiskey Macaroni and Cheese.

I pretty much followed the original recipe and just made a few adjustments here and there, as I tend to do. This cheese made an excellent mac, but honestly, it was incredibly difficult to quit munching on it while waiting to mix it into the sauce. Whiskey Macaroni and Cheese ~ Twist on the classic macaroni cheese by using whiskey fortified cheddar and made in a slow cooker ~ The Complete SavoristWhiskey Macaroni and Cheese ~ Twist on the classic macaroni cheese by using whiskey fortified cheddar and made in a slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist

Whiskey Macaroni and Cheese

Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 1 (16-oz.) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (12-oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 2 tbsp whiskey (optional)
  • 4 large eggs , lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter , melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp . onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp . paprika
  • 1/2 tsp . granulated garlic
  • 12 oz . Beehive Fully Loaded (whiskey Fortified) Cheese
  • 4 oz . Cheddar (yellow or any)
  • Butter or vegetable cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  2. Grate the cheese, mix the two cheeses together BUT reserve 1 1/2 cup of Fully Loaded without the yellow cheddar.
  3. Stir together cream, next 9 ingredients (whiskey included, if using) until combined in a large bowl.
  4. Pour over cooked macaroni, mix well.
  5. Add in 2 1/2 cups cheese to the large bowl, stir until well combined, will be soupy.
  6. Spray the inside of the slow cooker (or use a slow cooker liner) with cooking spray.
  7. Pour macaroni mixture in a 6-qt. slow cooker.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese over macaroni mixture.
  9. Cover and cook on HIGH 3 hours; reduce slow cooker to LOW, and cook 1 hour. ****SEE NOTES

When making this, know your slow cooker. I have the most whacked out slow cooker when it comes to the cooking temperatures. It has three settings, keep warm, low, and high. Those settings mean the following: keep warm = low, low = high, high = warp speed cooking. My sides got more done than I would have liked for photographic reasons, but those crispy sides were utterly delicious that I do not regret them. Whiskey Macaroni and Cheese ~ Twist on the classic macaroni cheese by using whiskey fortified cheddar and made in a slow cooker ~ The Complete SavoristWhiskey Macaroni and Cheese ~ Twist on the classic macaroni cheese by using whiskey fortified cheddar and made in a slow cooker ~ The Complete SavoristWhiskey Macaroni and Cheese ~ Twist on the classic macaroni cheese by using whiskey fortified cheddar and made in a slow cooker ~ The Complete Savorist

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Christie
    May 2, 2016 at 5:44 am

    I’ve never heard of Beehive cheese. We love trying new cheese so I will be on the lookout.

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      May 2, 2016 at 10:07 am

      They are a local (in Utah) cheese company, but their product is sold nationally.

  • Reply
    Catherine
    May 2, 2016 at 5:50 am

    What a sight!! I have to make this…it looks absolutely fantastic..taking mac and cheese to a whole new level! xo, Catherine

  • Reply
    Marye
    May 2, 2016 at 6:34 am

    This looks amazing! I absolutely must try it!

  • Reply
    Florian @ContentednessCooking
    May 2, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Looks wonderful! Such a unique and interesting combination!

  • Reply
    Lora @savoringitaly
    May 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I totally do the same thing with magazines. I rip out a page or photograph and look at it on my phone and dream of making it…but you at least you finally did and it was worth the wait! How nice you visited the Beehive!

  • Reply
    Jennifer A Stewart
    May 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Sign me up for any cheese, or mac and cheese made with Whiskey in it!!! Whole pan please!

  • Reply
    roxana
    May 2, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I would never say no to cheese and I love that you can do this in the slow cooker! Brilliant!

    • Reply
      Katie
      July 18, 2019 at 10:45 pm


      Just made this tonight and it was wonderful. Had some whiskey cheese (in this case it was Kerrygold Irish Whiskey Cheddar) and some super mild gouda to use up. This was the perfect vehicle!
      It was delicious and made a ton, the crispy sides were great! I haven’t seen a crust like that outside of the oven. Thank you for posting this! We oven braised some bratwurst that we had on hand with beer and sauerkraut to serve with it. The hardest part was waiting the 4 hours to eat it when my kitchen smelled of delicious aged cheddar and whiskey.

  • Reply
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    May 2, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Well, first, whiskey fortified cheese?! Sounds fabulous! Next, what a fun presentation for your mac & cheese! Sounds like the recipe was worth the wait 🙂

  • Reply
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    May 2, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I am always a sucker for a good mac n cheese but this, this takes it to a whole other level. Looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Sabrina
    May 3, 2016 at 12:18 am

    This looks like a great grown-up mac and cheese! I love the more sophisticated flavors!

  • Reply
    KC the Kitchen Chopper
    May 3, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Whiskey fortified cheese is something I must take a look out for. Sounds super delish for party fare. It would be a fun conversation starter. Making mac n cheese in a slow cooker sounds like my kind of dish. YUM.

  • Reply
    Debi at Life Currents
    May 3, 2016 at 8:08 am

    This looks delicious! What a fun addition to traditional mac & cheese. And, I love how this cooks up like a slice of pie! It looks fabulous!

  • Reply
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    May 3, 2016 at 8:17 am

    You know what? Those crispy sides are MINE, ALL MINE!

  • Reply
    Nettie Moore
    May 3, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Woah! I have never made mac and cheese in the slow cooker, looks wonderful! Nettie

  • Reply
    Angela
    May 3, 2016 at 11:34 am

    This looks like the most amazing mac ever!!

  • Reply
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks
    May 3, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    What a great mac ‘n cheese, I love all the delicious flavors.

  • Reply
    Sandi (@fearless_dining)
    May 3, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    This is a show stopper. A giant cheesy pie…I need this.

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    May 3, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    It doesn’t get much better than this!

  • Reply
    Debra A Attinella
    May 3, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I love mac and cheese and this recipe is definitely kicked up a notch!!

  • Reply
    Katerina
    May 4, 2016 at 4:13 am

    I didn’t know about this cheese! I love learning new cooking ingredients and this recipe is just perfect for me!

  • Reply
    Linda Shapiro
    May 4, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Grown-up mac ‘n cheese! Woohoo!

  • Reply
    Lauren Hall
    May 4, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Two of my favorite things – mac n cheese and whiskey!!

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    May 4, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    I’m sold on the idea of whiskey fortified cheese – wowee, yum! Great sounding recipe too. I like how it’s served like a pie slice.

  • Reply
    Maeva CookALife
    May 5, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Oh I’ve never seen this kind of recipe, sounds pretty cool ^_^

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