Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

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This Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese has a distinctive buttery, nutty flavor, with an added touch of spicy. Gouda and cream cheese make it creamier than cheddar mac and cheese and the wood-fired flavor makes it simply irresistible.

4-6 Servings

Ingredients

Mac and Cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 5 cups fully cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • handful oak and apple blend wood chunks
Topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
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1. Preheat your smoker to 225°F.
2. In a large cooking pot over medium heat, melt the butter then whisk in the flour to make a roux.
Hot TipRoux is made from equal parts of flour and fat and used as a thickening agent, providing the base for a dish. Other ingredients are added after the roux is complete.
3. Add cream cheese and whole milk. Simmer for 5 minutes to thicken. Whisk in the gouda cheese, dijon mustard, hot paprika and ground black pepper and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes to melt cheese completely.
4. Turn off the heat and add elbow macaroni to the cheese mixture.
5. Transfer the mac and cheese into a large aluminum foil pan. Top with shredded parmesan and bread crumbs.
6. Place the mac and cheese in your smoker, toss a few wood chunks onto hot coals and smoke for 1 hour.
Hot TipTo give your mac and cheese an even smokier taste, stir every 20 minutes while smoking to infuse the dish with more smoke flavor.
7. Remove from smoker. Top with chopped chives and serve.
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