We know that September can be a hectic month. With it being back to school season, it's often hard to get back into the groove of things and prepare meals that are not only easy, but so good that your kids will rush to the dinner table. So this month's Cooking Club Challenge is all about being kid-friendly. This month's recipe is courtesy of Greta and Janet Podleski of Eat, Shrink and Be Merry. This Smackaroni and Cheese is simple (it's just mac and cheese with bacon and mushrooms) but so delicious that it's sure to become a family favourite.
How the Cooking Club Challenge works:
•Make the chosen recipe
•Follow the recipe, or add your creative flair
•Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) a picture and a short descriptive paragraph before month's end for your chance to win a great cookbook!
1 tablespoon butter
2/3 cup minced onions
4 ounces (120 g) turkey bacon, chopped (about 7 slices)
1 cup finely chopped shiitake mushrooms
1/2 cup frozen sweet green peas
1 can (14 oz/380 mL) 2% evaporated milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1 cup packed shredded light old (sharp) cheddar cheese (4 oz/120 g)
1 cup packed shredded 4-cheese blend (4 oz/120 g; see Tip)
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups uncooked whole wheat macaroni
1.You will need a deep, 10-inch, oven-safe non-stick skillet. Melt butter in skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions and chopped bacon. .
2.Cook slowly, stirring often, until bacon is lightly browned and onions are golden. This will take a good 10 minutes. (You may want to get the macaroni cooking at this time.)
3.Add mushrooms to skillet and cook until tender. Stir in peas until heated through
4.Preheat broiler. In a large measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk together evaporated milk, flour and dry mustard. Add to bacon and veggies in skillet. Cook and stir until sauce is bubbly and has thickened.
5.Remove from heat and stir in 3/4 of the cheddar and 3/4 of the 4-cheese blend. Stir until cheeses are melted. Add pepper. Add well-drained macaroni and mix until well-coated with sauce. Sprinkle remaining cheddar and remaining 4-cheese blend over top.
6.Place skillet under broiler until cheeses are melted and lightly browned.
by Souzan Michael