Friendsgivingspiration: Kräftig Mac

In case you missed it, dad jokes are in right now. As are dad hats, dad bods, and pretty much everything else you ever made fun of your dad for because you thought it was totally uncool. And the only thing cheesier than a dad joke is mac and cheese. Or a fanny pack. But for the sake of everyone’s sanity, we’re not even going to mention that time your dad took you to Mouse World or whatever it’s called and wore short shorts and a fanny pack all day.

Getting back to that whole mac and cheese thing, though… it’s practically become one of the most American things to ever American. Like beer. And bacon. So, why not do something truly American this Friendsgiving and bring all three? In one dish. Introducing Kräftig Mac. Check out the recipe below.

Kräftig Mac

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 14 pieces of cooked bacon, chopped into bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 24 ounces shredded cheddar cheese or colby jack cheese
  • 1 can/bottle of Kräftig Lager
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Dried parsley for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Step 1
Cook bacon, chop into bits and set aside. Preheat oven to 375° F.

Step 2
Cook pasta according to directions on box but only until al dente. Pasta will finish cooking in the oven. Drain and set aside.

Step 3
Over medium-high heat, melt the butter in a large saucepan. After butter melts, whisk in flour. Cook, stirring until the mixture is bubbly and golden in color—about 2-3 minutes. While whisking, pour the milk and beer into the saucepan. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Simmer the cheese sauce while stirring and allow it to come to a low boil for about 5 minutes. This will thicken the sauce. Stir in pepper and paprika.

Step 4
Add the cooked noodles to a casserole dish and pour the cheese sauce over. Stir to combine. Sprinkle in the bacon and stir to combine. Top with breadcrumbs and bake for 30 minutes at 375° F. When finished, remove from the oven, sprinkle with parsley and serve.

If your friends do that whole “let’s go around the table and say what we’re all thankful for” thing this Friendsgiving, we’re pretty sure you’re going to get a nod for bringing this mac and cheese. And when it comes to you, feel free to share a dad joke about pilgrims coming over on the Macflower instead of the Mayflower. Or you could just say you’re thankful for Kräftig and leave it at that.

Adapted from Big Bear’s Wife