Michael makes his creamy mac and cheese on the GRILL! Pro tip: He also mixes in some ham and some hot sauce for extra flavor!
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Smoky Mac and Cheese
RECIPE COURTESY OF MICHAEL SYMON
Total: 30 min
Active: 20 min
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound dry rigatoni
4 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 shakes of your favorite hot sauce, optional
8 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces Gouda, shredded
1 pound ham, diced
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated pecorino
1/2 cup sliced scallions, optional
Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente, then drain and set aside.
Set up your grill for indirect heat. If using a charcoal grill, build the hot coals on one side only. If using a gas grill, heat one side only to medium-high heat. Heat a deep 12-inch cast-iron skillet over direct heat.
Combine the cream, paprika, cayenne and hot sauce if using in the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and simmer until the cream mixture is reduced by half and thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the cream cheese and Gouda until fully melted. Stir in the ham and cooked pasta and continue to mix until fully combined.
Stir together the panko, pecorino and scallions if using in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the panko mixture evenly over the mac and cheese. Move the skillet to indirect heat, cover the grill and cook until golden brown and bubbly, about 5 minutes.
(Alternatively, you can make the mac and cheese in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet on a stovetop over medium-high heat, then top with the panko mixture and bake in a 400 degrees F oven for 10 minutes.)
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