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If I had to choose just one comfort food to eat for the rest of my life it would most definitely be macaroni and cheese. Always perfect, always filling and so super easy to make, macaroni and cheese is simply delightful. To mix up my most favorite recipe up a bit I decided to go out on a limb and create these wonderful little artistic cups of goodness to place my favorite comfort dish in. Yeah Man – I created bacon bowls. The combination of the salty, crunch meat with the creamy, gooey macaroni in cheese was a match made in foodie heaven. Recently, the kids and I attended the Grand Opening of the Smart & Final Upland, California store where I picked up all of the ingredients I needed to create my wonderfully filling bacon mac and cheese cups recipe.
You want to faint right? Don’t worry, I almost did faint after I got one taste of this amazingly delicious recipe too!
Macaroni and Cheese
8 oz First Street Small Elbow Noodles
6-8 oz of First Street Sharp American Cheese
1 Cup First Street WHOLE Milk
1 stick Butter
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Tablespoon First Street Flour
Fresh Cracked Pepper to Taste
Cook noodles according to package directions. Rinse and set aside.
Melt butter in Saucepan
Add flour under medium to low heat and stir constantly.
Cook butter and flour until thick and golden brown
Cook Butter, Flour and Milk until a gravy consistency. Stir constantly.
This is your “roux” and the base of your cheese sauce.
Add salt and fresh cracked pepper.
Add cheese. Stir constantly until cheese is melted.
Remove from heat
Add noodles and stir.
Fried Bacon Bowl Recipe
6 First Street Bacon Strips
Cut bacon strips in half
“Basket Weave” two half bacon strips horizontally and vertically together in a basket shape. I found two bacon strips to be the perfect muffin cup shape size
Making sure to keep the basket weave together and flat, fry the bacon until done. You don’t want the bacon burnt and you don’t want it too soggy
Keep an eye on your flat basket weave bacon while frying. Put pressure on bacon with flat end of spatula to avoid too much bacon curling
When bacon is fried pick up flat basket weave bacon and place in large muffin tin. With a large wad of white paper towel, press center of basket weave bacon into cup while the bacon is hot and pliable.
Allow bacon to cool in muffin tin approxiametly 5 minutes
Lift basket weave bacon cup from muffin tin and pat bottom dry with a white paper towel to prevent soggy bottom.
Start with the best ingredients (First Street of course!):
It’s very simple to do as long as you’ve cooked the First Street bacon correctly. While the bacon is hot out of the pan it is still very flexible – once it cools it will retain the shape of the muffin tin, the perfect size cup for macaroni and cheese!
What is it you look for in a store?
I look for well-stocked shelves, happy, helpful employees, convenience, fresh produce and competitive prices in my stores of choice. Recently, the little kids and I attended the grand opening of the Smart & Final store in Upland, California. There were hundreds of people shopping the super great deals of the day and there just so happened to be a friendly employee at every aisle ready and willing to help. I could not believe how well organized the new Smart & Final store was and I was beyond excited to see the bulk & save section – my inner Type A OCD personality squealed with delight!
As a busy mom, I love shopping at Smart & Final whenever possible because Smart & Final carries warehouse size items without a club fee, making shopping easy, less expensive and less daunting to shop in than a big warehouse store – and that makes mom’s lives easier!
This was my first time seeing such a large fresh produce and bulk and save section at a Smart & Final and I have to say I was very impressed. I love the idea of the bulk and save items and I hope my local Smart & Final gets one in soon. My kids got to each choose a treat and they loved that.
The Upland Smart & Final store was very well stocked, most especially in the baking aisle. They must have known I was coming!
What I liked best about the new Upland Smart & Final is that upon entering the store you walk in to the fresh produce section. The Upland store’s fresh produce section was massive!
There were several checkout stands and an employee to help usher everyone to an open one. Above all else, I loved the helpful friendliness of the Smart & Final employees the most!
Look at this guy waving at all the cars!
Smart & Final
1028 North Mountain Avenue
Upland, CA 91786
Phone: (909) 981-0250
Smart & Final Website
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