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Breakfast Mac and Cheese (Plus Giveaway)


Of all the Mac and Cheeses I've made on this website, there has yet to be one suitable for breakfast! I was very aware of this fact and planned to make a breakfast mac and cheese for a while, but kept putting it off. Normally when I finally have time to make breakfast on Sundays, I want it to be as simple as frying up an egg and making some toast. Also breakfast mac and cheese needs to be eaten on a lazy day for brunch when you can happily go in and out of a food coma for the next several hours. When Jones Dairy Farm offered to send me some bacon and sausage, I knew this breakfast mac was going to be the first thing I made with it. I finally found the perfect morning for it, and was surprised that it was a lot easier than I expected, but surpassed all deliciousness expectations.

All the meats grilling up.

The reason this is so easy is that since there is so many eggs in the sauce, the eggs form the binder that you would normally need to make a roux for. Just mix the eggs, cheese, and cooked meats in a big bowl. Boil off your pasta and mix it right into the bowl. I used 50/50 cheddar and jack for this.

This works a lot better in individual sized baking dishes, but if you don't have any, go ahead and put it in a regular casserole.

In a last minute stroke of inspiration, I decided to top this with ripped bread instead of breadcrumbs to form toast. Brush these with butter before baking.

Toasty bread, and creamy eggy meaty mac and cheese. What more could you ask for at brunch? Well, I guess a bloody mary or mimosa.

The people I was eating this with actually picked up the bread and used it as a scoop to eat the mac with and I found it pretty ingenious.

This post is sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm

1/2 pound elbow mac
3/4 pound grated cheese (cheddar/jack mixture or whatever you feel like)
8 eggs
8 Jones Dairy Farm's fully cooked sausage links
8 slices Jones Dairy Farm Bacon
salt and pepper
Ripped pieces of bread as topping
Melted butter

Bring the water to a boil to cook the pasta. Meanwhile brown and cook the bacon and sausage. Grate the cheeses. Chop up the bacon and sausage and add it to the cheese mixture in a large bowl. Next crack the eggs in. Stir well. Boil the pasta about 2 minutes shorter than you normally would so it still has a slight bite to it. Strain the pasta and mix it with the cheese and eggs. Dole out into individual baking dishes (makes 4 nice sized servings) or pour into a baking dish. Top with the bread and brush some butter on the top of the bread. Bake at 350 until cooked, about 20 minutes, but be careful to not overcook or it will dry out.

If you guys want the products that I used in this post sent to your doorstep, to make a breakfast mac and cheese of your own (or, you know, to eat any way you want), comment on this post and tell me about an awesome recent brunch dish you made or ate. Tweet about this post to @tfimb for a bonus entry. Entry will close at Noon on Friday.


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Thanks for the giveaway.

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P.S. This looks (as always) AWESOME.

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