Grilled Pancetta Mac & Cheese Sarnie (Sandwich)

Wednesday 6 November 2013

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We have a couple of Missionary Elders coming for tea tonight and one of them doesn't like Vegetables.  I know!  I cannot imagine not like vegetables!  Anyways, I made a nice Macaroni and Cheese for supper, which I will serve with some Gammon and carrots (the only vegetable he will eat) and a salad.(which he won't eat, but I have to have salad!)

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I had too much macaroni and cheese for the baking dish and so I decided to lend my hand to doing something tasty with the bit that didn't fit.  I know . . . I can't help it, the wheels in my culinary head are always turning.

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I can't claim to have invented this . . . but it's new to me.  If you've already done this, I haven't stolen your recipe.  We are just great minds that think alike!  (What a fab idea to think that the world is filled with great minds thinking alike!)  They say there is nothing new under the sun, only new ways of doing things.   I expect that is true. 

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I decided to create a Grilled Macaroni and Cheese Sandwich, and then I decided as I was gathering my goodies that it would taste even better with crisp pancetta between the layers. 

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Each bite brings the taste of buttery toasted bread |(Garlicky if  you have used garlic mayo instead of butter), salty crisp pancetta and creamy peppery macaroni and cheese!  WOWSA!  This was FABULOUS!

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I was too afraid to eat the whole thing.  My arteries were constricting just thinking about it so I tortured the Toddster with half of it.  He seemed to enjoy it as well.   Now I am pondering what else I can do to this to take it even further over the top. Any ideas???  (I think some rocket/arugula would be a nice addition.  Next time!!)

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*Grilled Pancetta, Mac & Cheese Sarnies*
Makes one

My instructions and amounts are for one sandwich, but can easily be upped to more.  I used my homemade macaroni and cheese for this, before it was baked in the oven.  I just removed about a cup of it and then put the rest into the casserole dish to bake a bit later on.  

2 slices good white bread
4 slices of pancetta, cooked until crisp
softened butter or garlic mayo
about 1 cup of prepared good macaroni and cheese
a small handful of grated cheddar cheese
Fresh ground black pepper

Butter the outsides of the bread with some softened butter or garlic mayonnaise.  Place the grated cheese on the un-buttered side of one slice of bread and spread the macaroni and cheese on the un-buttered side of the other slice.   Grind a goodly amount of black pepper on the macaroni and cheese.  Lay the slices of cooked pancetta on top of the cheese on the other slice.  Carefully press the two sides together, taking care that the plain buttered sides are on the outside.  Heat a small nonstick skillet.  Carefully add the sandwich and brown first on one side, then flip over and brown on the other side.   Wait a few minutes and then slice into halves or quarters and enjoy!  

Note:  If you really want to be hedonistic, you can brown them in the fat leftover from cooking the pancetta.  I'm not going to admit to this.  ;-) 

You can find a really good Mac & Cheese recipe here. 


  1. I would have never thought to make it into a sandwich.

    What is wrong with that guy...veggies are delicious....he must be kin to my hubby.

  2. I know Ramona! I could not live without my veggies!

  3. I'm in awe of your ability to turn something simple like a toasted sandwich into a gourmet masterpiece!

    Hmmm... I could think of adding chicken and artichoke hearts, but only because I'm greedy :-)

  4. I've never heard of this before.Sounds and looks good.TY.oooxxx

  5. Ah after reading and looking est.I wanted one,had not max and cheese. So had to setle 4 ham and pepperjack on rye grilled.yummy.but still want to try the max.oooxxx

  6. Love veggies but this mac sandwich sounds heavenly!

  7. The only thing that is better than a grilled bacon, mac and cheese sammie is deep fried mac and cheese. it is to die for...LOL

  8. Oh boy, deep fried mac and cheese, that sounds glorious! xxoo


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