Saturday, September 20, 2014

*GIVEAWAY* - Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping - #10DaysofTailgating

Who likes tailgating?  Whether you're sitting in the back of a pick up outside in the parking lot or home on your comfy couch, it's all about the food. Right?  

Camilla from Culinary Adventures has created a 10 Day Tailgating event with nearly two dozen bloggers with over 100 recipes scheduled to inspire you through the whole tailgating season!  This event runs September 20th through September 30th. I've seen the previews of the upcoming recipes and believe me, you're all in for a treat!  

When I told my son that I was making Mac and Cheese with bacon he was beyond thrilled.  He said those are two of his favorite words. You can use any kind of noodle, I am partial to rotini.  I love curly pasta. 

Make up a batch of this mac and cheese for everybody before the game and they'll be happy for sure!

We have many sponsors who want to give YOU a ton of super prizes!!  


Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment below with What's Your Favorite tailgate Dish? There are many more ways to enter in the Rafflecopter below. 

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only, age 18 and older. The #10DaysofTailgate 2014 giveaway runs from Saturday, September 20th, 2014 12:00am PT through Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6:00pm PT, Winners will be randomly chosen and will have 48 hours to respond to the email.  If a winner does not respond in that time, a new winner will be chosen. For more information, see the full terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter. 

Disclaimer: Our generous sponsors are providing the prizes free of charge.  Participating bloggers may have received product related to these brands to use for #10DaysofTailgate. All opinions are their own.

Go! Let's start with a huge - HUGE! - thank you to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. These sponsors have contributed great prizes for a gigantic giveaway. We have an incredible giveaway for this event. There are fourteen different prize packages which are detailed in the rafflecopter. The rafflecopter is below and will go on until September 30th.

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Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping
Adapted from Picky Palate

12 oz. pasta
1 stick butter
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 cups milk
3 cups cheese, I used a combo of sharp cheddar and colby jack
1 cup finely crushed pretzels
12 strips cooked, crumbled bacon

Cook pasta according to directions. Maybe a minute less. Drain and set aside.

Melt butter into a saucepan. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper.  Cook for about 3 - 4 minutes.  Slowly whisk in milk, stirring continuously until slightly thickened, about 2 - 3 minutes. Reduce heat and stir in 2 cups of cheese  until melted.  Top mac and cheese with remainder 1 cup of cheese, pretzel crumbs and bacon pieces.  Bake for 20 - 25 minutes at 350. 

Our #10DaysofTailgate Bloggers

And here's what the team brought to the table...

And here's what the team brought to the table...

Loaded Baked Nacho Supreme by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Baked Blueberry Pork Egg Rolls by The Pajama Chef
Gazpacho Shooters with Spicy Shrimp by OnTheMove-In the Galley
Soft Pretzels and Buffalo Cheese Dip by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Cheesy Bean Dip by Making Miracles
Garden Fresh Salsa by Eliot’s Eats
Pineapple Salsa by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Devilish 7-Layer Dip by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
War Eagle Sangria by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Iowa Sunrise by From Gate to Plate

Deviled Egg Potato Salad by Cooking In Stilettos

El Diablo’d Lamb Lollipops by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Ginger Chicken Kabobs by Summer Scraps
Chili by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Baked Mac and Cheese  with Bacon Pretzel Topping by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Asian Duck Sliders  by Curious Cuisiniere
Pineapple Chile Lime Wings by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Love and Confections

Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies by The Spiffy Cookie


  1. Yum. Just yum, Debbi. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for joining in the #10DaysofTailgate fun!

  2. Yes please!!!! Bacon and pasta are also my favorite!

  3. Love the idea of using pretzels in the topping - genius!!! Sounds SOOO good!

  4. I'm intrigued by the pretzel topping!!

  5. what a great topping for mac and cheese!

  6. What's better than Mac and Cheese? That's gotta be Mac and Cheese with Bacon!! Great share, thanks

  7. Wow. This looks amazing!! I love the mac and cheese, then you add bacon and pretzel crust? DIVINE!

  8. I like to make cheesy chicken enchiladas just purchase, extra salsa, and sour cream that you would already have for your dips and make these yummy, crowd pleaser's that everyone will love

  9. Cheese - pasta - bacon - pretzels sounds perfect to me for any occasion. ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

  10. Cheese? Check. Bacon? Check. Saltey pretzels? Yup. I think you nailed it.

  11. I love dips for tailgating! My favorite is a healthy version of buffalo chicken dip and use pretzles/veggies instead of chips.

  12. I love taco dip for tailgates or hotdogs wrapped in bacon!

  13. I know it's not necessarily a tailgate dish but anytime there is a game on I make nachos from scratch with the works.