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How to Make Grilled (Mac &) Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled (Mac &) Cheese Sandwich
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Recipe by Emran Chowdhury, chef, Cantinetta

Here's what you need:

  • Thick-sliced white bread
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Sliced cheese
  • Sausage
  • A box of mac & cheese
Grilled (Mac &) Cheese Sandwich
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Some premium sausage from your local butcher is perfect, and it's even better if they un-case it for you.

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If they don't, then you'll just have to break the uncased meat from one large sausage into bite-sized pieces, then put it in a hot pan until it does like Cleveland and browns.

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Set the cooked sausage aside and cook the macaroni in salted water like you have since you were 16. If you never cooked mac & cheese, just follow the directions on the box, then weep for yourself.

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Next, the pasta needs to be drained. 

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Butter is even better with packets of powdered, processed cheese on top of it.

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It's ready to mix once you add the milk or cream.

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Don't get so focused on 22 dudes chasing a pigskin that you forget to add the pork.

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If you insert "despite making all that" between "sour" and "dough," you get how Tom Brady feels. If you don't, you get the kind of bread we used.

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Pro tip: using butter to grill your sandwiches ensures the toast browns well, and absorbs flavor.

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It's easiest to build the sandwich right in the pan; first you add what killed Prop Joe in The Wire, and possibly in real life: cheese.

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Once the cheese is melted, add approx. 1/2 cup of the sausage/mac & cheese mixture.

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Grill until bread is toasted and cheese is thoroughly melted, flipping occasionally.