When the days and nights are chilly, there is nothing better than a nice cozy fire and warm rich homemade macaroni and cheese. This recipe can be made on any wood or charcoal burning fireplace, pit, or grill. All you need is a cast-iron pot or dutch oven.
- Heat coals/wood in a large fire place, pit, or charcoal grill. Create a well in the hot coals that will fit your pot. Heat your empty pot for 1–2 minutes before adding any ingredients.
- Melt butter, and stir in flour, creating a roux. Whisk in dijon, heavy cream, whole milk, and cream cheese until smooth, slightly thick, and bubbly. Whisk in cheddar cheese, a handful at a time, and season with hot sauce, salt, and pepper.
- Stir in cooked noodles until thoroughly mixed, sprinkle with extra cheddar cheese, and cover with a lid.
- Cook for 10–20 minutes, or until cheese has melted, browned slightly, and is bubbly.
- Carefully remove from the fire, and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Tip: An infrared thermometer does come in handy when making this recipe, which allows you to check the temperature of the coals before cooking. A good temperature to start is 400°–450°F, and either letting the coals naturally cool down or moving the pot to a cooler 350°F spot for the baking. Make sure you can reach your pot easily, and keep an oven mit handy.
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