Wasteless Wednesday: Mac n’ Cheese Gone Wild



                               

As a youth, I lived off four main foods: unbaked brownie mix, mac n’ cheese, pizza, and ice cream. Now that I’m a little older, not much has changed, but only because I remain a kid at heart. These fun recipes will no doubt remind you of a childhood favorite.

Mac n’ Cheese Grilled Cheese

This recipe is versatile and so there are numerous optional ingredients you can add for more depth and flavor to your anything but plain grilled cheese.

Ingredients

Leftover mac n’ cheese

2 slices of preferred cheese

2 slices bread

Optional

Slices of Bacon or cut up leftover hot dogs

2-4 slices of preferred deli meat (turkey, ham, chicken, roast beef even)

Avocado

1-2 Tbsp. Cream Cheese

Vegetables: Chopped broccoli, lettuce, kale, etc.

Directions

1.    Warm a medium sized pan to medium heat and spray with cooking oil. (Though not necessary, cooking oil always helps me keep the pan clean, making clean-up easier)

2.    Butter 1 side of each of your slices of bread and wait for pan to heat more

3.    Combine all leftover mac n’ cheese and any optional ingredients in large bowl. Exclude slices of cheese, lettuce, deli meat, and cream cheese for now.

4.     Place 1 slice of bread butter side down on pan. Put slice of cheese on non-buttered side facing up. Then spread with cream cheese, slices of meat, and lettuce.

5.    Scoop enough from your mac n’ cheese mix to pile on top of the lettuce and then top with more lettuce, meat, and lastly the other slice of cheese

6.    Top with other slice of bread, butter face up and press down firmly with spatula so ingredients begin to firm

7.    Flip entire sandwich on pan so that the other slice of bread is now being cooked with butter face down.

8.    Continue to flip until both sides of sandwich reach desired level of golden brown.

TIPS:

1.    If you are ever worried about burning your delectable sandwich, turn heat on pan to low.

2.    Add ketchup as a delish dipping sauce.

3.    Use a Panini maker 

Recipe adapted from http://bsinthekitchen.com/mac-cheese-grilled-cheese/

 

Mac n’ Cheese Biscuits

For an easy back-to-school snack, this carb-heavy treat is a winner for all ages.

Ingredients

Leftover mac n’ cheese

1 egg white

½ cup shredded cheese of your choice

Original Homestyle Biscuits Uncooked

Optional

Creamy tomato sauce

Directions

1.    Grease a 9 X 13 inch pan for later use. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2.    On a clean and flat work space, separate and flatten each uncooked biscuit

3.    Top each flattened biscuit with shredded cheese, leftover mac n’ cheese, and tomato sauce if desired

4.    Gather edges of each flattened biscuit to make a small bundle. Pinch the top together to seal.

5.    Place each biscuit bundle on the greased pan spaced apart so they don’t touch

6.    Brush tops of biscuits with beaten egg white and sprinkle more shredded cheese over egg white

7.    Place sheet of biscuits in oven at 350 for about 30 minutes or until biscuit outsides are golden brown

TIPS:

1.     The addition of already cooked, leftover ground meat or hotdogs would also make these bundles delicioso.

2.     The creamy tomato sauce adds a pizza-like flare

3.    Muffins can be easily substituted for the biscuits

Recipe adapted from: http://www.thegunnysack.com/2013/04/mac-n-cheese-balls-a-pizza-roll-recipe.html

Other Delectable Ways to Utilize Leftover Mac n’ Cheese

Buy a plain uncooked pizza dough. Roll out and spread with tomato sauce. Spread leftover mac n’ cheese over sauce and sprinkle with ½ cup shredded cheese. Bake as dough directions describe and you’ve got…

Mac n’ Cheese Pizza

Mac n’ Cheese Burgers

Simply warm it up and throw it on a burger for an extra cheesy gourmet taste.

Mac n’ Cheese Potatoes

This is self-explanatory. Pile it in your cooked potato, add a little sour cream, a little bacon and you’re on your way.

 

Let us know how you use your leftover mac n’ cheese by commenting below.