Gussied Up Mac n Cheese has become a new, wildly popular tradition for our family gatherings, although my sister noted the four4 cups of heavy cream, and renamed it Death by Macaroni. As others have said, it makes a massive quantity, but there's good news: leftovers can be frozen, if you can wrestle take-home servings out of your guests' hands. This recipe could be The One that seals your stellar cooking reputation.
I made this camping last weekend with some adjustments and it was fantastic! We left out the cheese product and the sausage. It was still creamy and full of taste. I did add some paprika and used breadcrumbs in butter instead of potato chips. Gouda makes anything delicious!
We had this at a Halloween party over the weekend, minus the sausage and chips. It was delicious! I plan on making it this week. It is so much better than your regular Mac n cheese!
This recipe made for a delicious dinner. The smoked cheddar is just enough to add depth to the flavor without overpowering it. I would add one major note of caution, though: it makes an enormous amount of food. Because it is such a rich dish, making the amount the recipe calls for will easily yield generous dinner portions for 12. (The recipe seems to have been written around using the whole 2-lb. brick of Velveeta.) I recommend cutting it in half, while keeping the sausage amount the same. I also used regular chips instead of unsalted, and they did not make the recipe too salty.