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Beer Cheese, Irish Mac & Cheese

Creamy with a hint of Guinness, this Irish Beer Cheese Mac & Cheese is comfort food at its best.


It’s a classic, homemade Mac & Cheese, with a shallot & fresh garlic roux, 2 types of the best KerryGold Irish Cheese and of course beer! Giving it a distinctly rich, slightly caramelized, irresistible flavor. Topped off with a crispy panko breadcrumb and the only thing that could make it better would be a little bacon (hint, hint)


You can of course leave the beer out if that’s not your thing!


INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup of reduced Guinness Beer

  • 1 Shallot, chopped

  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced

  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter

  • 2 Tablespoons Flour

  • 3/4 to 1 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1 - 7oz KerryGold Dubliner Cheese Wedge, Grated

  • 1 - 7oz KerryGold Aged Cheddar Cheese Wedge, Grated

  • 1lb Macaroni noodles

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

  • Salt and pepper to taste

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • Chopped Bacon

  • Panko Breadcrumbs

  • Cilantro

  • Chopped Onions


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Reduce the beer down until you have about 1/4 cup. This won't take a whole bottle, so save some for sipping on later! Bring beer to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 mins.

  2. Make macaroni noodles according to package instructions. Once done, drain and set aside.

  3. While noodles are boiling, make roux. Melt butter with chopped shallots and garlic until the garlic becomes fragrant and just slightly brown. Add in your spices and then the flour. Stir until you have a sauce like consistency. Slowly add in milk and cream, followed by the reduced beer. Bring sauce to a light simmer.

  4. Once cream sauce is good and hot, slowly add in your grated cheese and continue to stir until all cheese has melted. At this point you should have a thick, creamy cheese sauce resembling a thinner cheese dip.

  5. When ready, add in cooked noodles to cheese sauce and combine until all noodles are covered in cheesy goodness. Salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


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