Spicy

Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese Cups

Ain't no party like a jalepeño popper mac and cheese party. Especially when you stuff spicy, creamy macaroni and cheese into a deliciously light and crispy garlic bread cup.

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Servings: 4

Ingredients

  •   nonstick spray
  • 2 tubes (8 ounce) large crescent rolls
  • 1/2 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  •   Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces Wisconsin cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • pinch sugar
  • 2 dashes hot sauceto taste
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, chopped
  • 1 pound rotini pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, sliced for garnish

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Flip muffin tin upside down and spray entire surface with nonstick spray.

Unrolll crescent roll dough and sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder and pinch of salt. Mold seasoned crescent dough triangles around bottom of muffin tin, making sure each dome is covered with its own piece of dough. Bake about 23 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven; let sit 10 minutes before gently removing crescent roll cups from muffin tin. Set aside.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, stirring constantly until breadcrumbs are crisp and golden.

Melt remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in large sauté pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour to form roux. Cook until roux is fragrant and light brown.

Stir in cream and milk, little by little, until bubbles form around sides of pan and mixture begins to thicken. Add cream cheese and cheddar; stir until smooth. Add mustard, remaining 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, sugar, hot sauce and chopped pickled jalapeños. Mix in pasta; cover and set aside.

Fill each crescent roll cup with scoop of jalapeño popper mac and cheese. Top with sprinkle of bread crumbs and a few slices of pickled jalapeños. Serve immediately.

Tip: The trick to this edible serving ware? Simply flip a muffin tin upside down and mold your crescent dough around each dome; then bake, wait, pop-off and voila! A tasty edible way to serve your favorite food!

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Semi-soft and semi-hard cheese, like Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Mozzarella, should be very cold for easy grating.