gridirongirl Jessie’s Favorite Tailgating Recipe (With Hilarious Video)

Tailgating is the best part about football season. Well, I guess you could argue that the game itself is the best part. But I think tailgating is a VERY close second. I absolutely love the energy, spirit, and excitement that comes with the anticipation of a good game (Sco ducks!)
And with tailgating comes GOOD FOOD! (Another reason I love tailgating, not like I needed ANOTHER reason.)
This is my grandma’s Taste Like Heaven Mac n Cheese recipe, which is perfect for tailgating because you can prep it the night before (only takes 10 minutes to prep!) and warm it up at the tailgate before serving. IT’S SO GOOD. Bake it and serve, or just prep it and serve! Both are great 🙂

16 oz macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
3 large cloves of garlic
2 cups half and half
2 tablespoons flour
⅓ cup finely chopped onions
¼ cup finely chopped green onion
16 oz shredded sharp cheddar (This is not a paid promotion, but my family thinks Tillamook cheese works best, the better the quality the better the mac.)
1 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of pepper
1 tablespoon of chili flakes
Hot sauce (optional but highly recommended)

1. Preheat oven to 400

2. Start by boiling water and cooking the noodles

3. While noodles cook, chop the onion, green onions and garlic (finely)

4. Drain the noodles and set them aside. Using the same pot, and on low heat add the butter, garlic, onions and green onions (save a small sprinkling of green onion for the top.)

5. Warm up the half and half in a microwave for 90 seconds then whisk in the two tablespoons of flour. Add     this into the pot with butter, garlic, and onions.

6. Turn stove top to medium heat and add most of the cheese into the pot (Maybe 90%. You’ll save some  for the top of the mac!) then stir until everything has melted into a thick (and yummy) sauce.
7. Stir in the macaroni
8. Transfer into a baking dish (or aluminum baking dish that can be thrown away after the tailgate!)

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