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The Colby Jack Mac and Cheese Pie With a Bacon Crust

The Colby Jack Mac and Cheese Pie With a Bacon CrustA little over three years ago I was asked to come up with a unique macaroni and cheese recipe for the now defunct 30 Days, 30 Ways Macaroni & Cheese Blog.

The premise of the site was that each day a different food blogger or chef would use a different Wisconsin cheese to create a mac and cheese dish, so for 30 days straight there would be a new macaroni and cheese recipe posted every single day.

My idea for the project — and what I still consider one of my best food-related ideas that I’ve ever had for my blog — was a Colby Jack Mac and Cheese Pie with a crust made entirely out of bacon.

The post ended up being hugely popular, and was the first of my posts that really went viral. At one point both my site and the 30 Days, 30 Ways Macaroni & Cheese site crashed just because so many people were trying to get the recipe at once. It was at that point that I also realized what a horrible hosting company GoDaddy is, but that’s a story for another time….

Since then I’ve seen tons of other food bloggers copy the recipe and claim it as their own. A majority of them even took the easy way out and only created a bacon lattice top, which in my opinion is pretty lame. If you’re going to make a bacon mac and cheese pie you need to go all out and make the entire crust out of bacon, because if you don’t you’re just wasting your time.

So why am I spending all this time talking about a three year old blog post? Because one of the things I always hated about that post — and about a decent amount of my posts since then — is that the photos that I took of the pie looked like complete crap. I guess that was to be expected though since I’ve always just used my iPhone for blog photos and back then all I had was the 3GS.

Terrible photos and all though the Colby Jack Mac and Cheese Pie is still somehow one of my more popular blog posts, but since the recipe was only posted on the 30 Days, 30 Ways Macaroni & Cheese blog and I never saved a copy of it myself it was lost until recently, when 30 Days, 30 Ways relaunched as All Things Mac and Cheese.

What’s even better is that they even remade my pie and took some legit, professional looking photos of it that are about a million times better than the original ones! I did recently splurge on a nice DSLR camera though so maybe someday my photos will actually look this great, but all I’ve really done with it thus far is take pictures of my dogs Finn and Holden. Until that day arrives though I’m just psyched to know that the recipe for the Colby Jack Mac and Cheese Pie With a Bacon Crust is back online! Want to make one for yourself? Just head over to All Things Mac and Cheese for the recipe!

The Cheese Ball Bun Triple Bacon Cheeseburger

The Cheese Ball Bun Bacon CheeseburgerI was sitting around drinking whiskey and devouring cheese balls by the handful one night when I thought to myself “Hey, do you know what would be awesome? If I had a burger bun made from these!”

I’ll admit, I fully expected this to turn out like many of my other drunken ideas, which usually sound good at the time — and really, what idea doesn’t at least sound good while you’re drinking — but end up being disastrous in reality. Do you know what though? This one actually worked, and on top of that it worked even better than I imagined!

To create the cheese ball buns I took a glass bowl, lined the bottom with cheese balls and topped them with shredded cheese. I then microwaved each bowl for 40 seconds and used a knife to pry the buns out. Boom! It’s that easy!

Now, normally when I make burgers I spend time grinding my own meat and experimenting with different blends before finally throwing the patties on my grill, but I was in such a hurry to use these cheese ball buns that I opted to go with some full-cooked microwavable Flame Grilled Patties that I received recently from Ball Park, and since their Flame Grilled Patties are ready in about a minute I didn’t have to wait long at all!

They sent me three different varieties — Beef, Beef and Cheese and Turkey — and since I couldn’t decide which one would go best with my cheese ball bun I opted to go with one of each! So, I topped each patty with a slice of Cheddar cheese, added some lettuce, tomato and bacon and my Cheese Ball Bun Triple Bacon Cheeseburger was ready to eat!

In the end I’m glad I didn’t have to wait on the burger patties to enjoy this thing! It was amazing! I fully expected the cheese ball bun to completely fall apart when I took a bite, or even when I first picked it up, but it held together until the burger was completely finished, which I’d estimate only took me about 45 seconds.

I can only imagine that this is what Einstein felt like when he discovered the Theory of Relativity or that a similar amount of excitement filled the room when Isaac Newton first presented his Theory of Gravitation. Now, I’m not comparing myself to these two geniuses by any means, but come on, “What goes up must come down?” That shit is common sense. Figuring out a way to form cheese balls into a bun using melted cheese though, now that takes some experimentation! What do I know though, I got a D in high school science class….

Granted, I have a zero percent chance of winning a Nobel Prize for my discovery like Einstein, but in the grand scheme of things I feel like this cheese ball bun may some day be equally important to the future of society.

Free Bacon Today at Arby’s!

Arby's Jamocha ShakeAs you probably know, today is Halloween, and while many fast food restaurants are running October 31st-themed promotions that require far too much work I love you Chipotle, but no way am I dressing up in a costume just to get a discounted burrito Arby’s has one that I can actually get behind. Free bacon! What’s even better is that to get your free bacon all you have to do is say “trick or meat” when you place you order!

So what exactly will they add bacon to? Based on my experience when I stopped in to try it out the answer is: Anything you want! Pictured below is my haul from lunch. Curly Fries with bacon? Check! A Jamocha shake with added bacon to satisfy my sweet/salty craving? You know it! After seeing a photo of it in their window I even tried out the new Arby’s Cinnamon Apple Crisp…with bacon of course!

Ordering a sandwich that already comes with bacon? Who cares!? “Trick or meat” your way to even MORE bacon like I did with the Ultimate BLT sandwich that I ate!

So, what are you waiting for? Get up off your couch and head over to Arby’s where you can take advantage of the best Halloween food-related promotion out there!

Disclosure: As an Arby’s Meat Crafter Ambassador, Arby’s sent me a gift card to cover my meal, but all opinions are my own.

The Bacon Weave Ice Cream Sandwich

The Bacon Weave Ice Cream SandwichThe bacon weave used to be a staple here on DudeFoods, showing up at least once every month or two. Looking back recently though it appears that I haven’t utilized it since back in March when I made a Double Decker Mac & Cheese Stuffed Bacon Weave Taco and then again a month later when I followed it up with a bacon wrapped ham for Easter.

Don’t get me wrong, I still eat tons and tons of bacon, it’s just that the tedious process of weaving it together doesn’t happen quite as much as it used to. I’ll be honest though, I’ve missed it, so I came up with this  The Bacon Weave Ice Cream Sandwich!

I started off by creating two square bacon weaves, cooking them in my oven until they were nice and crispy and then cutting a circle out of each one. After this comes one of my favorite steps in the process… eating all the discarded bacon!

Once all the leftover bacon pieces were safely in my belly I grabbed my cordless reciprocating saw and a pint of ice cream I had in my freezer and sliced a one inch thick circle of ice cream from the pint. Now that I think about it, buying an ice cream sandwich from the grocery store and just removing the top and bottom  or even just using a knife instead of a reciprocating saw  probably would have been much safer, but whatever.

I’m actually a little amazed that I didn’t hurt myself cutting the ice cream with a saw because the day before I cut my finger trying to use scissors to open some pistachios and a week prior I chopped the tip of my finger off while using a mandoline to slice zucchini. Serves me right for trying to eat healthy I guess….

Anyway, more about the Bacon Weave Ice Cream Sandwich and less about how much I always injure myself when making food…. Seriously, this thing was delicious. It already would have been great with just regular bacon, but the maple bacon took it over the top. It’s a bummer that summer is over because if it was still 80 degrees outside here in Milwaukee I’d be eating these every goddamn day.


Jalapeño Bacon Deviled Eggs

Jalapeño Bacon Deviled EggsHormel recently sent me a case of their new Black Label Jalapeño bacon to try so I figured I’d use it to make some Jalapeño Bacon Deviled Eggs. What you see here are said eggs.

Everyone out there probably has their own preferred way of making deviled eggs, but for mine I always just mix egg yolks, mayonnaise, yellow mustard and a little bit of salt and pepper for the filling and then top my eggs with paprika.

I know that pickle relish is a pretty popular ingredient in deviled eggs as well, but I can’t stand pickles or anything pickle related. They’re one of the few foods in the world that I don’t even want anywhere near me. I think it stems from the fact that when I was a little kid my sister used to eat pickles and then drink the leftover pickle juice from the jar and burp in my face. Pretty gross right? It definitely made me never want to see another pickle as long as I live. Also, just because I wasn’t sure how spicy the actual bacon was going to be I decided to add an actual jalapeño slice to each of the deviled eggs as well.

In the end the Jalapeño Bacon Deviled Eggs probably would have been fine without the addition of actual jalapeños, but at least it helped with the aesthetics I guess. I’m sort of a wuss when it comes to anything spicy, but this bacon pretty much had just the right amount of spice for my liking. I probably still couldn’t sit there and eat a pound of it like I can with literally any other bacon in existence, but with the way I eat most of the time maybe that’s a good thing….

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