Thanksgiving Recipes: Cheesy Macaroni With Bacon & Apple Crumble Dessert

One of my most favorite Thanksgiving traditions is cooking a side dish and dessert for our annual holiday dinner. My mom cooks the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, and my three sisters and I each bring a dish or two to round out the meal. Each year I try to create a new recipe that will be a hit with our large crowd, and this year I am making two new favorites – cheesy macaroni with bacon to go with the main course and baked apple crumble for dessert.

Macaroni and cheese is always an indulgent treat, so it’s perfect for a holiday feast. I use Brummel & Brown spread instead of butter to help shave off some extra fat and calories. Our family has been using Brummel & Brown for our baking and cooking for about ten years now, ever since my grandpa’s cardiologist recommended it to us. The spread is made from yogurt and tastes exactly like butter, but has 0 grams of trans fat, no hydrogenated oils and has 50% less fat and calories than butter. This baked macaroni and cheese is sure to be a crowd pleaser with the addition of a little something extra – bacon!

Cheesy Macaroni With Bacon
(Makes 8-10 servings)
·         3 tbsp. Brummel & Brown spread
·         1/4 c. flour
·         1 3/4 c. whole milk
·         8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
·         8 oz. elbow pasta, cooked and drained (undercooked by 2 minutes)
·         4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
·         1/4 tsp. salt
·         1/4 tsp. chili powder
·         1/8 tsp. garlic powder 

Melt the Brummel & Brown spread in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, and continue to whisk and cook for an additional minute or two. Add the milk, salt, chili powder and garlic powder and whisk frequently for approximately 10 minutes until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and whisk in the cheese until melted.
Combine pasta and sauce, mix in half of the crumbled bacon, and pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and top with remaining bacon. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until golden on top.
Baked apple crumble is a perfect light dessert to end a heavy meal. It tastes incredibly delicious and is much healthier than a slice of apple pie. Bake your apple crumble in a casserole dish or in individual ramekins, but be sure to make a lot because everyone is going to love it! 

Baked Apple Crumble
(makes 8 servings)
·         Four apples, cored and chopped
·         2 tbsp. Brummel & Brown spread, melted
·         1 tbsp. sugar
·         1/4 tsp. cinnamon 

For topping:
·         1 cup rolled oats
·         2 tbsp. Brummel & Brown spread, melted
·         1 tbsp. brown sugar
·         1 tsp. white sugar
·         1/2 tsp. cinnamon
·         Optional: dried fruits such as blueberries, cranberries or apricots.
Toss together apples, Brummel & Brown spread, sugar and cinnamon. In a separate bowl combine oats, Brummel & Brown spread, brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon. Mix well until combined. Add dried fruit if desired.
Pour apples into a lightly greased baking pan or greased ramekins. Top with oat streusel mixture, and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until apples are soft and the top is golden. Enjoy warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra layer of flavor.



Thank you to Good to Know & Unilever Spreads for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.


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