There are absolutely no losing recipes at the Arkansas Farm Bureau Dairy Foods Contest but the overall winner of the Main Dish category this year was The Toasted Macaroni and Pimento Cheese with Bacon Sandwich. The delicious winning sandwich was a creation of Hope McAlee of McRae, Arkansas.
While watching Hope prepare this recipe for the contest, it was obvious that she had prepared this may times for her family. She did tell us it was a bit messy to eat but you will be happy to use your fork to eat every last bite!
The Toasted Macaroni and Pimento Cheese with Bacon Sandwich
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 cup of Miracle Whip
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dark chili powder
1 tsp. to 1 tbsp. hot sauce (optional, use to personal taste)
1 (4oz jar) of Pimento peppers,diced and drained
Salt and pepper as needed
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. paprika
Macaroni and Cheese--
2 cups macaroni
2 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup pimento cheese spread
4 oz. of heavy whipping cream
1 cup mixed blend of cheese
4 oz. Velveeta Cheese
Bread: Your choice of thick sliced bread
Bacon: 1-2 slices bacon per sandwich
Pimento Cheese--Place cheddar cheese, cream cheese, Miracle Whip, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, hot sauce and pimento cheese into bowl and mix. Mixer may be used, although a simple spoon or fork works well. Season with salt and pepper.
Macaroni and Cheese--Cook macaroni in boiling water for 6-9 minutes. Once cooked, strain and place back in pot. Add butter, whipping cream and Velveeta. Once butter has melted, add cheese.
Bacon: Fry bacon, chop in small pieces.
Sandwich--Slice bread , and butter on one side of the pieces of bread. Spread macaroni and cheese on one piece of bread, and pimento cheese on the other piece. Chop up bacon and place heart portion on macaroni side. Put sandwich together. Place sandwich in preheated skillet and toast bread to desired darkness. Flip sandwich and repeat step. Once finished toasting, remove from skillet. It is suggested that the sandwich is cut in half because this sandwich can be quite messy.
Serving suggestions: Serve with chips or other favored sides. Eat with fingers or fork. Enjoy the cheesiness!
Cooking time: approximately 30 minutes