Bacon-Apple Mac & Cheese

In the days leading up to my favorite holiday, I wanted to interject a classic American recipe that is, in my humble opinion, one of the most important components on a Thanksgiving plate: Macaroni and cheese. Now, I don't discriminate against macaroni and cheese. Whether you're adding spinach or sausage, I always love it. This recipe, however, with bacon, apples and green onions, has to be one of my favorites yet. Salty, sweet and deliciously creamy, it'll fit beautifully into your holiday plans.

Bacon-Apple Mac & Cheese

1 pound macaroni
1 cup green onion, chopped
1 red apple
1/2 pound bacon
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 stick butter
4 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups white cheddar cheese
1/4 cup parmesan
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Boil your macaroni for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Cook bacon in a saute pan. Set aside to cool. Slice apple. Toss pasta in sliced apple, crumbled bacon and chopped green onion. Put this mixture in a casserole dish.

In a medium pot, melt butter. Stir in flour, and whisk until it becomes a paste. Add milk, cream and 3/4 of the cheese. Add spices, and stir until cheese has melted. Spoon over pasta. Top with remaining cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

Elena Rosemond-Hoerr is a writer and photographer and can be found on her own website, biscuitsandsuch.com.

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