foodie fridays: cajun mac and cheese rustic tart

cajun mac and cheese rustic tart www.climbinggriermountain.com

Growing up, I drank a glass of milk every day.

I wasn’t so much interested in scoring nutritional points, but simply loved the way a cold glass of milk tasted. Okay, that and I really wanted to be on the milk mustache billboards. Got milk? Um, duh.

Even though my milk consumption didn’t earn me a celebrity status, I still believe in the magical powers of milk. Did you know that milk is the number one source of calcium, vitamin D, and potassium? Not just milk, but dairy foods are also a great way to consume  up to eight grams of protein in your daily diet. No way? Yes, way!

mac and cheese trio

Recently, the American Dairy Association approached 11 food bloggers and myself, to create dairy themed recipes. We were on it like poured milk over cereal. For example, everyone loves a good mac and cheese recipe because it’s chocked full of gooey cheese. Well, I thought it would be fun to take a traditional mac and cheese and turn into a tart. This Cajun Mac and Cheese Rustic Tart is a great recipe for any holiday party or recipe exchange because all you need to do is bake and slice. Plus, the spice for the andouille sausage really makes this tart holiday worthy.

But the Cajun Mac and Cheese Rustic Tart isn’t the only thing that will spice up your holiday. Remember  tis’ the season for giving, friends! American Dairy Association Mideast is committed to the health and wellness of Americans and wants to ensure everyone has a healthy meal this holiday season.

mac and cheese pasta

Did you know that of the pounds of food available in food banks, only 5.3% are dairy? Thus, the American Dairy Association Mideast has decided to donate $1 to Feeding America; meaning, $1 for every “like”, comment or share that each of the bloggers’ 12 recipes receive on their Facebook page between Dec. 6 and 13th. How cool is that? That means we need YOU. So go “like” and give a little!

Also, don’t forget to join us next Thursday, December 12th @ 9pm EST for our Big Holiday Potluck Twitter Chat. We’ll be discussing recipe ideas, entertaining, tips, and how to have a “Moo”-ry Holiday! You don’t want to miss out!

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Disclosure: I was compensated American Dairy Association Mideast for this post. All my opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Cajun Mac and Cheese Rustic Tart

Yield: Makes 1 tart

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 store bought pie crust
1 1/2 cups andouille sausage, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese, grated (+more for garnish)
2 pieces bacon, cooked, chopped, garnish
1 egg, cracked and mixed, for egg wash
Parsley, garnish
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium skillet preheated to medium heat, add olive oil and andouille sausage. Saute for a couple of minutes until brown. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

In a small saucepan preheated to medium heat, melt unsalted butter over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour to create a roux. Keep whisking until well incorporated and then add milk, bring to a boil. Keep whisking until sauce starts to thicken. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add cheddar cheese, dash of salt and pepper. Stir until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Pour sauce into bowl with pasta and andouille sausage. Stir to combine.

Roll out pie dough on a baking sheet. Place about 2 cups of the Cajun mac and cheese into the middle. Take the pie and fold the dough border over the filling to form an 9-inch round leaving the mac and cheese exposed in the center. Brush the pie edges with egg wash and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, bacon, and parsley!

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30 Responses to “foodie fridays: cajun mac and cheese rustic tart”

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — December 6, 2013 at 14:21

    Mac and cheese stuffed in a tart…this is like the best Christmas gift ever! Might have to change my dinner plans!

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature — December 6, 2013 at 14:23

    Well hot damn… this just melted my heart!!! I need!

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    kita — December 6, 2013 at 14:26

    Fat kid seal of approval :D

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — December 6, 2013 at 14:44

    Mac and cheese encrusted in buttery pie dough. Yep, Friday just got better.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — December 6, 2013 at 14:46

    Girl, this is moo-velous (forgive me). Just when I thought mac and cheese couldn’t get any better, you went and put it in a crust. EPIC.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 6, 2013 at 14:50

    I’m legit about to drool. I want this in my face, stat.

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    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — December 6, 2013 at 14:51

    Ok, this is seriously beautiful! On top of that, these flavors are to die for!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 6, 2013 at 14:55

    Holy smokes!! This looks awesome!

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    DessertForTwo — December 6, 2013 at 15:11

    I love that you found a way to add more carbs to mac and cheese! You’re my hero :)

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — December 6, 2013 at 16:26

    Carbs inside of carbs… Where do I sign up!

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — December 6, 2013 at 16:48

    SAY WHAT. Macaroni cheese TART?! The fat kid inside me is positively longing for this!! I think I might just let her out and indulge her ;)

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    Eileen — December 6, 2013 at 18:09

    Oh man, we drank SO MUCH MILK growing up. Even now my parents will pour us all big glasses of milk if we eat dinner at their house. I occasionally get cravings for milk and everything. Needless to say, I can definitely get behind all the cheesy goodness in a beautiful tart like this! All dairy all the time!

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    Lindsay — December 6, 2013 at 20:56

    About how many people does one tart serve? If cooking for 4 should I make 2 tarts? Thanks! Looks delicious!

    • Lauren replied: — December 7th, 2013 @ 21:56

      Hi Lindsay! I think one tart could serve four depending on the hunger level:)

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    Carrian — December 6, 2013 at 22:45

    Nothing better than mac and cheese! Yum!

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    Tieghan — December 7, 2013 at 03:53

    Oh come on!! This is just insanely incredible. Pie dough and mac and cheese? Count me in! :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 7, 2013 at 05:45

    This tart is amazing! You’ve really outdone yourself here!

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — December 7, 2013 at 06:44

    This is so incredible!!

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    Katey — December 7, 2013 at 16:09

    Oh boy, oh boy! I just made a ginormous pan of homemade Mac + Cheese two nights ago. I may try to turn some leftovers into this! Love me some dairy!

    • Lauren replied: — December 7th, 2013 @ 21:57

      Katey – you totally should!!!

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    Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists — December 8, 2013 at 03:41

    Umm yea…..This is too delicious looking!

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    Nicole — December 8, 2013 at 13:21

    Sounds so yummy!

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    Joanne — December 8, 2013 at 14:22

    I am a huge fan of dairy. I’m also a huge fan of eating mac and cheese in all possible ways and forms. So you’ve pretty much made my weekend with this!

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    Kathryn — December 8, 2013 at 17:48

    Gosh, I didn’t think mac and cheese could get any better but I think you’ve managed it!

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    sara — December 9, 2013 at 00:20

    Wow, what an awesome dish – this looks SO delicious!!

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    Willow @ Will Cook For Friends — December 9, 2013 at 01:29

    You win the award for most ingenious mac and cheese recipe I have seen this year… and I’ve seen a lot! The cajun spices sound great, but I especially love that you baked it into a tart… I am going to have to try that sometime! Yum!

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    Sheila — December 9, 2013 at 13:32

    I am all over this!! yummeee.

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    Jessica Kottmann — December 10, 2013 at 12:44

    Since I live in Germany, it’s super hard to find cheddar cheese. What would you suggest as a substitute since you said you are a word traveler then you might have an idea? Plus that type of sausage is also not familiar here. What could I add to the sausage for that flavor? Thanks from far away!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — December 11, 2013 at 20:03

    The cajun mac and cheese is so good looking! Puting it in a tart makes it incredible!

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