I do this a few hours before people might arrive, because it can really easily be popped back into the oven and warmed up again. I preheat my oven, first, to 375 degrees and grease my skillet. I use a 12” skillet that my mother passed down to me.
I put a pan onto the stove, over a medium flame, and then I chop up some bacon into tiny little niblets. I sprinkle the bacon into my skillet and cook until it’s brown and crispy. I drain the grease onto a towel lined plate.
I then grate all of my cheeses into another small mixing bowl. In the pot I use for the pasta, later on, I add that bacon grease, the butter, and melt it all together.
I add the onion and jalapeno, and cook that for about 5 minutes or until they are soft.
I add the flour, and cook for another couple of minutes while I whisk in the milk and evaporated milk. I continue to cook until the sauce thickens and then I add the hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. I turn it on a low heat and add about half of that grated cheese. I whisk this around until the sauce becomes smooth and creamy.
I add the bacon and then remove it from the heat. I pour this sauce over my cooked pasta, and then add the rest of the shredded cheese except for about a ¼ cup that I use for sprinkling on top. I pour this into that skillet I had greased at the beginning.
To the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese, add crushed crackers, butter and stir to coat. Top the macaroni and cheese with the cracker topping. I place the pan in my oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until brown and bubbly. I let it cool for at least 15 minutes. You will fall in love with this recipe.
I get a ton of inspiration from Stone Gable. I absolutely love this entry about the way Yvonne decorated for her family get together. I will use much of this as my inspiration for decorating my own backyard for the party. Here is her set-up...
I also found these gorgeous lanterns on Pinterest. You can buy them here!
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