Mac n' Cheese Stuffed Potato Skins

.mac n cheese stuffed potatoes on coated griddle

 Yields: 12 servings
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hr

Ingredients for Mac n' Cheese:
• 1 pound dried elbow pasta
• ½ cup butter (1 stick)
• ½ cup flour

1½ cups whole milk
1½ cups half & half
• 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
• 2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese
• ½ teaspoon paprika
• ½ teaspoon black pepper
Ingredients for Potatoes:
• 6 Russet potatoes
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 3 tablespoons real bacon bits
• 4 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
• 1 teaspoon dried parsley

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  1. Heat oven to 400º F. Wash potatoes and place in oven directly on the rack. Bake for 1 hour.

cook potatoes in oven directly on rack

  2. Fill Dutch Oven ¾ full with water and bring to a boil over medium- high heat. Once boiling, add in noodles and cook until tender, (about 15 minutes.) Drain and set aside.

cook pasta for mac n cheese in dutch oven 

3. Using the same pot, melt better over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour, stir with whisk and turn heat down to medium-low. 

flour and butter in 3 quart marigold dutch oven for mac n cheese

 4. Gradually whisk in milk and half & half. Add the two shredded cheeses, paprika, and pepper.

add cheese to dutch oven

  5. Once well combined, add to noodles. Mix and set aside.

mixed up mac n cheese for potatoes

6. Remove the potatoes from oven. Allow to cool before slicing in half vertically.

scoop out potato to fill with mac n cheese

7. Scoop out potato and reserve for a later use if desired. Flip potato skins over and rub olive oil and salt on the skins. Place on griddle.

8. Add mac n' cheese into the empty potato shells. Top with cheddar cheese, bacon, and parsley.

add bacon to potatoes on griddle before oven
6. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.


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