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Join us today from 9 am to 10 am for supper solutions.
Learn how to make a few recipe staples such as a mornay sauce
that transforms pasta into a Southern specialty, macaroni & cheese.

Add in a little ground beef magic for a satisfing supper the whole family will love.
We’re going back to the cooking basics so be sure to tune in!

Family Favorite

Cool weather clamours for freshly baked goodness.
An All-American icon inspired this cast-iron king of the dinner table.
When paired with a traditional Southern favorite,
you’d better step back.

Ground beef, pasta & cheese star in this crowd-pleaser.
Be prepared to dish out second helpings of classic comfort.

Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickBacon-Jalapeno Cheeseburger Mac
makes 6 servings

5 bacon slices
1 lb 85% lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 1/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/2 {16-oz} box penne pasta
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 Tbsp bacon drippings
3 Tbsp ap flour
3 cups whole milk
1 small jalapeno, minced
1 Tbsp spicy mustard
2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Jalapeños * Scallions * Grape Tomatoes * Arugula

Cook the bacon in 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat
until crisp, about 8 minutes.
Drain on paper towels.

Pour the drippings through a fine mesh strainer.
Reserve 1 1/2 Tbsp for the cheese sauce.

turn the bacon on occasion with a pair of tongs to evenly brown
be sure & wipe the skillet clean with a paper towel to remove any bacon bits
they may leave a bitter after taste& you’ll be sorry

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the beef in the same skillet over high heat until browned,
for about 8 minutes.
Drain the beef & return to the skillet.

Add the garlic, 3/4 tsp salt & the pepper.
Cook on high-ish heat for a few minutes…
until the garlic is fragrant.

i didn’t add any additional fat to the skillet
you’ll have enough drippings that remain from the beef

expect the beef to brown & crisp up a touch too
the mixture will be a bit on the dry side

Turn off the heat & set aside.

Cook the pasta according to package instructions in a Dutch oven.
Drain & rinse under cool water to stop the cooking process.
Set aside.

Melt the butter with the drippings in the same Dutch oven.
Whisk in the flour & cook for 1 minute over medium heat.

expect the mixture to become bubbly hot so whisk like crazy

Whisk in the milk taking care to smooth any lumps.
Allow the mixture to thicken & bubble, whisking constantly.

Cook for 1 to 2 minutes & turn off the heat.
Whisk in the jalapeno, the mustard, the remaining 1/2 tsp salt & 2 cups cheese.
Stir in the pasta & coat well… it will be quite saucy.

once you whisk in the cheese
the sauce will thicken & become velvety smooth

Fold the cooked beef into the pasta mixture.
Spoon back into the cast iron skillet.
Top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until heated through & the cheese melts.
Sprinkle with the cooked bacon & your favorite toppings.

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The Bacon

No need to reserve those bacon drippings if you don’t want to.
You can easily substitute butter instead.
I simply prefer a more pronounced bacon flavor.

The Beef

I like to keep the beef in relatively large chunks
for big cheeseburger flavor in the finished recipe.

The Mornay

A béchamel is a basic white sauce & one of the Mother Sauces in cooking
for which many other dishes can be prepared.

When you add cheese, it becomes a mornay,
the solid foundation for which tongue-slapping Southern mac & cheese is bred.

Add additional cheese if you’d like to.
Freshly grated parmesan would be fantastic.

The Jalapeños

I prefer the fresh flavor that jalapeños bring to a dish.
The meal feels more vibrant.
However, you can easily adjust the cheese
to substitute Monterey Jack with Peppers if you so choose.

The Pasta

Do not be tempted to add any oil to the water as it boils.
The cheese sauce should cling to the pasta.

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* Southern Born * Southern Bred * Tailgate Queen * Southern College Football Fanatic * SEC Tailgate Strategist * Southern Recipe Writer & Sometimes Novelist * Half-Hour Hostess * Media Personality * Houndstooth Hound Owner * Small Town Dreamer * Big Idea Doer * 3rd Generation Pimiento Cheese Fixer * Casserole Maker * Budweiser Drinker * Bourbon Cocktail Sipper * Peanut Butter Love Affair * Cookie Monster * Calorie Burner * Retainer of Useless Pop Culture One Liners * Terrible Dancer * Even Worse Singer but doesn't care * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Rebecca Gordon shares over 20 years of cooking knowledge in the instructional filled original editorial content on Buttermilk Lipstick as well as the cooking class format videos that can be found on her YouTube channel through regular collaboration with numerous media outlets. Gordon draws from an extensive background in corporate publishing spanning over 13 years on both the business and editorial side focusing on women’s southern lifestyle. She is a classically trained pastry chef and draws from fine dining restaurant experience from a James Beard award winning chef as well as her southern roots upbringing to share cooking, entertaining & style content relevant to today’s modern woman.

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