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Beer Bratwurst Macaroni and Cheese

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This super flavorful beer bratwurst macaroni and cheese is packed full of stringy cheese, beer, bratwurst and sprinkled with a crunchy pretzel topping.

This super flavorful beer bratwurst macaroni and cheese is packed full of stringy cheese, beer, bratwurst and sprinkled with a crunchy pretzel topping.

Are you ready for some football? If you answered “Yes! I love football!” all I have to say to you is “That’s great. I’m really just here for the food.”

Because I have an early February birthday (it’s 6th if you’re wondering…there is still time send gifts) the Super Bowl occasionally falls on my birthday. Sigh. This never happened when I was a kid but then they switched the week of the Super Bowl. I really have no idea when this happened I just know that all of a sudden I had to start competing with football for a little birthday attention. The first birthday I really remember this happening was the SB where (I think?) the Pats and the Eagles were playing. I poured myself a large goblet sized glass of white Zinfandel, drank it all while laying on the recliner and fell asleep. I do remember waking up at one point and seeing a group of people standing around me holding a football shaped cake signing happy birthday to my totally inebriated self.

Oh early 20’s Brandy. You were one classy pink wine from a box kind of lady.

This super flavorful beer bratwurst macaroni and cheese is packed full of stringy cheese, beer, bratwurst and sprinkled with a crunchy pretzel topping.

Luckily this year I can go back to only caring about 1 thing on Super Bowl Sunday – food. This week I already shared a tasty slow cooker beef chorizo taco chili and spicy peanut butter chicken wings so naturally today I’m coming at you with mac and cheese.

It’s a week of food that would definitely make an appearance if I ever threw a football themed party. So naturally that means if you’re throwing a party you should make all. the. food.

This super flavorful beer bratwurst macaroni and cheese is packed full of stringy cheese, beer, bratwurst and sprinkled with a crunchy pretzel topping.

While I love this mac and cheese recipe for football season it’s also great for Octoberfest. It’s packed full of cheese and beer flavor and then topped with buttery crushed pretzels.

It’s a super cheesy party in your mouth.

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Beer Bratwurst Macaroni and Cheese

This super flavorful beer bratwurst macaroni and cheese is packed full of stringy cheese, beer, bratwurst and sprinkled with a crunchy pretzel topping.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 70 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 bratwursts
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle of brown beer, divided
  • 1 pound elbow pasta
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard powder
  • Pinch kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 2-3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium sized skillet set over medium heat add bratwursts and 1/2 cup water.

In a measuring cup add 3/4 cup beer and set aside. Pour the remaining of the beer in the skillet with the bratwurst.

Let the bratwurst simmer (adding more water if needed) until they are firm. Once they are cooked let the water cook down and then brown slightly in the pan. You can add a little oil to the dish if you want to really crisp up the skin but it's not necessary.

Once the bratwursts are fully cooked remove from the pan and set aside. When they are cool to the touch cut in half lengthwise and then in 1/2 inch chunks.

Add a large pot full of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Salt the water once boiling and add in the pasta. Cook until al dente, drain and set aside.

In a large oven safe skillet (I used my 10 inch cast iron skillet) set over medium high heat add butter. Cook until melted and stir in garlic and saute until just fragrant.

Whisk in flour, mustard powder, kosher salt and black pepper. Cook the flour until it's melted into the butter.

Slowly pour (while whisking) the milk and reserved 3/4 cup beer into the flour mixture. Whisk together until smooth, bring to a boil and cook until thick.

Remove from the heat and stir in 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese and pepper jack cheese. Once fully melted stir in pasta and bratwurst and smooth out the top. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.

In a small bowl mix together crushed pretzels and melted butter.

Top the mac and cheese with pretzels and add to the oven for 25 minutes until the top is browned and the sides are bubbly.

Serve immediately.

Note: To cut down on cooking time you can always use leftover cooked bratwursts or make them the day before since they will get warm when stirred into the pasta and in the oven.

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

This recipe is a prime example why you're one of my favorite food bloggers, Brandy! You speak to my foodie loving heart!!!

Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

Monday 2nd of February 2015

Crumbly cheesy goodness! I don't think it gets much better than this!

Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

Monday 2nd of February 2015

Food and commercials is what brings me to watching Super bowl! And if this was serving I would be there in a heart beat!

Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com

Monday 2nd of February 2015

This is just the macaroni of my hubby's dreams. Making it for him soon.

Lauren @ Healthy Delicious

Sunday 1st of February 2015

I have no words.... this looks so awesome!

Also, pink wine from a box is totally an acceptable way to get through (<-- can you tell I'm nota football fan?) the Superbowl. No shame.

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