Cheeto + Shrimp Chip Mac & Cheese

20180225_172254 (1).jpg

Alright look I was high out of my mind. I was also hungover. Was this good? Yeah, of course. Should I have made it? I mean probably not. It's sitting in the fridge right now and I'm afraid to waste it. Now I've eaten mac and cheese 3 days in a row and I don't feel good about myself.

Here's my creative process thank you for asking: I thought, "Man, lobster mac and cheese is a thing. Cheeto mac and cheese is a thing. What about lobster chips? OK, what about shrimp chips? Shrimp chips and cheeto mac and cheese."

Leave me alone. 

- Danny

2 cups milk
1/2 pound American cheese
1/2 pound sharp cheddar
3 tablespoons of butter
1/2 pound of elbow macaroni
Flaming hot Cheetos
Shrimp chips

*I bought shrimp chips at an Indonesian restaurant and grocery store. Although the make lobster chips, I didn't see any on hand. Anything seafood flavored will do. Also, go nuts with chips and flavors and experiment. I think a lot of different things would work. 

To make
Bring the two cups of milk to a simmer on medium heat. Stir often and make sure it's on medium or even low heat. You don't want the milk to burn at the bottom. Now, slowly add in your cheese while continuing to stir. Some people will add roux to their mac and cheese and I'm not a fan. Thickness that you can achieve with roux can easily be had with cheese. Use only cheese. You're looking for a creamy - not watery and not chunky - consistency. Add in your butter and fold it in off the heat. Let it blend it naturally with your sauce.

Elbow macaroni. Bring a pot of heavily salted water up to a boil and cook the elbow macaroni all the way through. This isn't a delicate pasta dish so you don't want it al dente. Cook that damn macaroni. Again, the best way to test pasta is to take a piece out and try it. Drain the macaroni. Wipe out the pot that your pasta was in with a rag to remove any water. Now dump your pasta back in that pot and add the cheese sauce. Stir well until everything is coated. Salt if it needs it. Add white pepper if it needs it.

In a food processor or blender, add a ratio of 2:1 shrimp chips to Cheetos. The Cheetos are going to straight up overpower the shrimp chips if it's an equal amount of each. I used half a bag of cheetos to a full bag of shrimp chips and now I have tons of leftover chip crumbs in a tupperware container. No clue what I'm going to do with it, so keep that in mind before you blend up the entire bag. Pulse at first, then continuously blend.

In a small casserole dish, pour your mac and cheese in and top with the chip dust. Place in your oven on 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Boom daddy.