Friday, June 04, 2010

Baked Mac and Cheese with "Fritos Twists" Crust

When my mother returned from one of a cross-border trip to the Washington state, she brought home some junk food: potato chips, corn chips, Corn Pops cereal.

She's tempting fate, our mother, knowing that her people don't have any self-control when it comes to junk food. When asked why she would buy so much junk food when she's the one who would admonish us not to eat too much, she would get slightly defensive and say that she's buying these for our parties and gatherings, so our guests would have something to munch on after finishing dinner.

I happen to think that it's another self-control issue (genetics, you know): she has no control over her shopping. ;)

One infernal item she bought recently are these Fritos Flavor Twists.

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We don't have the exact same thing for sale here in Canada, so these are quite "exotic." Of course, they're not particularly good, but that of course didn't stop me from finishing a couple of bags in one sitting!

When I saw that there is one lone bag still in the pantry, I knew I had to take control of the situation before I end up on the couch with my hand inside that bag. Better put this bag out of its misery.

We had some kids coming over to play with my nephew and nieces so I thought, why not make a kid-friendly meal of mac-and-cheese with the Fritos twists as my breadcrumbs? They're kids, and for our kids anyways, mac-and-cheese is a rare treat since we never really have it. Might as well go all the way with the junky-goodness of Frito-Lay into the mix!

I made a standard béchamel sauce for my mac-and-cheese and tried to make my version "healthier" by incorporating more protein, in the form of shredded beef, into the sauce.

For the cheeses, I used a combination of white and regular cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano. I then folded in the crumbled honey barbecue twists into the mac-and-cheese.

Fritos Flavor Twists crust

More crumbled twists went on top, along with some more shredded cheddar and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for the crust.

Of course, besides the kids, I also had a couple of servings of this Mac and Cheese, doused with Frank's Red Hot sauce. But, at least, that's only a twelfth of the Fritos Twists instead of the whole bag! :)

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  1. Lol, I love that fact that even though they weren't good you ate them all

  2. This is every kid's dream come true. I'm pretty sure. Awesome idea!

  3. We must have been separated at birth! I have no self-control over junk food either. Especially potato chips. I refuse to eat the oven-baked chips. What it is point? Healthy chips is an oxymoron.

    Loved your mac and cheese. Good reasoning about eating less of the chips in the topping.

  4. Mmm I love Fritos. It's a good thing we don't have too many flavours here. And I looooooooove how you used them! I'm obsessed with all variations on mac & cheese. I've made many baked mac & cheeses and have done them with tortilla chips and cheese on top but never with corn chips like this. Such an awesome idea. And I love how you folded them into the mac & cheese too! Brilliant.

  5. kat:
    Haha... the lack of self-control is tough, man. =)


    Yes, potato chips are the best! (Or worst, depending on how you look at it.) We're not really into sweets, but potato chips... [dreamy look]

    I think Canada doesn't get too many items in terms of processed foods. The US has TONS and TONS of stuff. It's probably a good thing to deprive myself of that stuff. =D


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