The Baker Upstairs: May 2019

5.26.2019

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

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This stovetop mac and cheese is so creamy, cheesy, and all around delicious!

This stovetop mac and cheese is so creamy, cheesy, and all around delicious!

My family was super lucky to make it through cold and flu season mostly unscathed this year. Unfortunately, this month it all caught up with us, and 3 out of 4 members of my family (including me) have had the most miserable cold ever. I'm normally pretty good at just pushing through, even when I'm sick, but this cold totally knocked me flat! For over a week, I wasn't able to do much more than just lay on the couch and watch TV, or read books. I probably read somewhere between 1500 and 2000 pages, and watched the entire series of Fleabag and the first season of Killing Eve. We're finally crawling out of the haze of sickness now, and I'm trying to get back into the swing of normal life again, but it's hard! I need to deep clean my house, restock the fridge and freezer, catch up on all of my emails and snail mail, and get caught up on all of the work I've let slide while I've been sick.

Since our fridge is woefully understocked at the moment, I've been relying on our pantry staples to put together our meals. I'm still not feeling 100% yet, so I've been cooking easy, simple comfort food to get us by. This stovetop mac and cheese is an absolute staple at our house, and I make it at least once a week. It doesn't take any more time than making a box of mac and cheese, but it tastes way better. I've made this so many times that I could make it in my sleep at this point, and it's consistently delicious. My kids love it, and it's one of their most requested meals. Sometimes we change it up a little by adding chunks of ham, chicken, or tuna, and it's also delicious with steamed broccoli, asparagus, or peas mixed in. If you haven't mastered the art of homemade mac and cheese yet, this recipe is the perfect way to do it!

This stovetop mac and cheese is so creamy, cheesy, and all around delicious!

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

1/2 pound shell pasta or macaroni pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, stirring well so that the flour is completely incorporated. Cook 2-3 minutes, until golden and bubbly. Slowly add the milk, a little at a time, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce is smooth and thick. Remove from heat and whisk in the cheddar and monterey jack cheeses. Add salt and pepper, taste, and adjust seasonings as needed. Stir in the cooked pasta and serve immediately.

This stovetop mac and cheese is so creamy, cheesy, and all around delicious!

5.20.2019

Bacon Breakfast Pizza

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This bacon breakfast pizza is perfect for any meal of the day! It's so flavorful and delicious, and easy to make too!

This bacon breakfast pizza is perfect for any meal of the day! It's so flavorful and delicious, and easy to make too!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we've been trying to get back into the swing of weekly pizza nights lately, and this bacon breakfast pizza is one of our favorites! I've made it nearly every week for the last month, and we never get tired of it. Even my picky kids love it! It has all the flavors of our favorite breakfast foods, but in pizza form. It just doesn't get better than that! 

I'm not a fan of super runny eggs, so I like to cook the pizza until the whites are completely set and the yolks are soft but not runny. I try to be really careful not to break the yolks when I crack the eggs onto the pizza, but if you do happen to break one (as I did when I took these pictures) it's not a huge deal. The pizza will still be delicious! If you're very opposed to the idea of soft yolks on your eggs, you could scramble the eggs instead, and cook the pizza until the eggs are completely set. The recipe is pretty versatile and easy to tailor to your own tastes. We've tried it with both cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese, and it's delicious both ways. I'm excited to try it with sausage or ham instead of the bacon, too! 

This bacon breakfast pizza is perfect for any meal of the day! It's so flavorful and delicious, and easy to make too!
Bacon Breakfast Pizza

1 ball of pizza dough
1/2 teaspoon corn meal
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 large eggs
salt and pepper to taste
fresh parsley (for garnish)

Preheat the oven to 500 with a pizza stone or overturned cookie sheet inside. Sprinkle a piece of parchment paper or a pizza peel with corn meal. Spread the pizza dough into a 12 inch circle, using your fingers to make an indented border around the outside edge. Brush the pizza dough generously with the olive oil. Sprinkle the cheese and Oscar Mayer Bacon on top of the pizza dough, leaving four open spaces for the eggs. Crack an egg into each space, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Carefully transfer the pizza to the pizza stone or overturned cookie sheet using a pizza peel or large cutting board. Bake 9-10 minutes, or until the egg whites are set and the crust is golden brown. Remove the pizza from the oven, and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve hot.
This bacon breakfast pizza is perfect for any meal of the day! It's so flavorful and delicious, and easy to make too!
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