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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Skillet Mac & Cheese with Ham and Bacon

Skillet Mac & Cheese with Ham and Bacon is a yummy all in one meal! Creamy macaroni and cheese with bits of flavorful ham and bacon packed in makes for a tasty dinner.

This recipe makes for a crowd, so for my family, we make once, and are able to enjoy some leftovers.


Every year, the kids show a couple pigs in as part of their 4-H experience. They enjoy taking care of their pigs from early Spring until later Summer! Every day is morning and evening chores and working with them to prepare for show day at our county fair. They love to give them marshmallows for a treat.


We always feed one out to have processed after fair season for ourselves, to have a freezer full of different cuts of pork.

We like to cook a large smoked, bone-in ham in the slow cooker . With the large ham, we can use can enjoy it for several meals. We generally have the ham for dinner the evening its cooked in the crock pot, then any leftovers are fun to mix into other meals, like this Skillet Mac & Cheese with Ham and Bacon.



I am a big fan of cooking with cast iron and I am loving this new large cast iron skillet! It is great for making large meals.




This is a great recipe to use leftover ham. After you have enjoyed the ham after it is initially cooked, its nice to use any leftovers to incorporate into other meals. This Skillet Mac & Cheese with Ham and Bacon is a family favorite!! Including all 4 of our kiddos!! Plus it comes together pretty easily and quick! Win Win!!




Skillet Mac & Cheese with Ham and Bacon 

Skillet Mac & Cheese with Ham and Bacon Ingredients

3 cups elbow macaroni 
2 cups of ham, cubed
1/2 cup bacon, cooked and chopped - about 4 slices of bacon
3 tbsp canola oil
2 cups cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 tsp Dijon Mustard 

Skillet Mac & Cheese with Ham and Bacon Directions

1. Add the salt and water to a large pan and bring to a boil. Add the elbow macaroni pasta to the large pot and cook, uncovered, for 1 minute less that the instructions on the box. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water when draining the pasta. 

2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the ham and bacon. Cook the bacon and chop or crumble to pieces and set aside. Cut the cooked ham into cubed pieces and set aside. You can also used precooked diced ham. 

3. Preheat the skillet over medium heat for a few minutes. Add the oil to the skillet to heat up. Then add the flour and whisk it into the oil until there are no lumps and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. 

4. Slowly whisk in the milk, cream, cream cheese, and Dijon mustard. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then let it cook until it is slightly thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Then reduce the heat. 

5. Slowly whisk in the cheddar and Parmesan cheeses, working in batches, until they are fully melted. 

6. Add in the reserved pasta water and whisk it in to think out the sauce some. 

7. Add in the prepared cooked ham and bacon. Stir the meat into the pasta so it is blended in well. 

8. Top with panko breadcrumbs and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are lighly toasted.


Other pork recipes from the Backroad:

Instant Pot Ham and Beans 

BLT Pasta Salad 

Grilled Herb and Garlic Pork Chops 

Country Quiche 

Crock Pot Cowboy Beans 







This post is sponsored by Indiana Pork, but my 
thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Perfectly Fluffy & Delicious Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs never go out of style for a classic breakfast, brunch, or even breakfast for dinner! This Perfectly Fluffy & Delicious Scrambled Eggs recipe is just that, fluffy and delicious scrambled eggs. A great go to recipe.


This scrambled egg recipe makes fluffy and deliciously flavorful eggs that are perfect by themselves or as fillers for breakfast burritos. This recipe bumps basic scrambled eggs up a notch creating a more fluffy and flavor packed scrambled egg.


We generally have big breakfast on Sunday mornings, scrambled eggs are always included. My family of 6 can easily go through a dozen eggs for our weekend breakfast!

There are so many ways to eat them! They pair perfectly with just about every breakfast food there is; pancakes, sausage, bacon, waffles, fried potatoes, and the list goes on. Enjoy plain, top with cheese, salsa, different herbs, etc.

You can never go wrong with scrambled eggs!

The recipe is simple!

Crack your desired amount of eggs into a mixing bowl and beat the eggs.



Add salt and pepper to taste.


Add the Clabber Girl Baking Powder, 1/4 tsp. per egg. This helps make the scrambled eggs extra fluffy!

Add the milk or heavy cream, 1 Tbsp per egg.


Beat the eggs until everything is fully incorporated


Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat


Add the beaten egg mixture to the hot skillet.


Sir often until the eggs are fully cooked.




If I am ever in a hurry or trying to think of what to make for a meal. Scrambled eggs often comes to mind. Pair with other sides and you've got a complete meal, can't go wrong.


Perfectly Fluffy & Delicious Scrambled Eggs

PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE

Ingredients for Perfectly Fluffy & Delicious Scrambled Eggs

Eggs
Milk or heavy cream - 1 Tbsp per egg
Clabber Girl Baking Powder - 1/2 Tbsp per egg
Salt and pepper to taste
Butter - 1/4 tsp

Directions for Perfectly Fluffy & Delicious Scrambled Eggs

1. Crack your desired amount of eggs into a mixing bowl and beat the eggs. 

2. Add salt and pepper to taste

3. Add the milk or heavy cream, 1 Tbsp per egg.

4. Add the Clabber Girl Baking Powder, 1/4 tsp. per egg.

5. Beat the eggs until everything is fully incorporated

6. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat

7. Add the beaten egg mixture to the hot skillet and stir often until the eggs are fully cooked.

Enjoy!
This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my ow

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