Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pizza with Fried Chicken, Bacon, and Mac & Cheese

Say what?

Yup. You heard right. That's a pizza with fried chicken, bacon, and macaroni n cheese. Beer mac n cheese, that is. I know.

Did I go overboard? At least a little, right? I figured. But it's okay. This is worth the unbelievable carb fest. And I mean, according to my MCAT review book, carbs are really important. They fuel your body. And yeah, it's more complicated, but just go with it.

Speaking of which, I registered for the MCAT yesterday and aghhhhhhh. FREAKING OUT. Just a little. You know how it is. So um, September 10th. That's the magical (read: terrifying) day. There may be some correlation between the start of my MCAT studying and my developing a liking for coffee. These things go together, you know.

But it's okay. Because we have this pizza. This pizza isn't too hard to make, and is crazy and comforting enough to help you feel better after a long day of MCAT studying. It's also good to emotionally eat when you're angry about the treatment of mental illness in America. But um, that's another post. Aaaanywaaaaay.

Frat Boy Pizza
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup dark beer**
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
12 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 box macaroni, cooked and cooled
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 pound chicken tenders, diced (I got the ones from Publix)
1 pizza dough
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  1. Make the mac n cheese first: Start out by making a roux. Melt the butter over medium-low heat, then add the flour, stirring. Once thickened and slightly browned, add the beer, milk, and spices. Stir.
  2. Continue stirring over medium heat until the mixture boils. Allow to boil for 3 minutes, then add cheese.
  3. Stir until cheese has completely melted.
  4. Carefully fold in pasta. Let cool.
  5. Shape pizza dough into and awkward oval or a better shape. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.
  6. Remove dough from oven. Sprinkle with about half of the bacon and chicken. Add about half of the mac n cheese. Top with the remaining bacon and chicken, then add another layer of mac n cheese. This will make a VERY thick pizza. If it's too much for you, you don't have to add all of the macaroni, but it's better if you do.
  7. Top with the parm and put back into the oven for another 18 minutes, until the top in slightly browned. Enjoy!

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