Mac and Cheese for a Crowd

This is the time of year for tailgates and holiday parties, so having a Quick Recipe that will feed lots of people is a must! This Mac and Cheese for a Crowd has only a few ingredients and comes together easily.  Set it and forget it in the slow cooker so you can enjoy the party and not be stuck in the kitchen.

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I’ve been making this mac and cheese recipe for years.  It’s always my go-to when people are coming over.  The pasteurized cheese spread melts perfectly with the pasta to create this deliciously cheesy dish that goes with literally any main dish that you are servings – hot dogs, hamburgers or smoked meats.

Did you just say ‘pasteurized cheese spread’?

Yes, yes I did.  It still exists and it’s truly THE BEST way to make this mac and cheese. While I do not keep it in my fridge on a regular basis this recipe is one reason why you might want to keep it on hand.

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This recipe calls for only half the amount of pasteurized cheese spread.  I made this twice in a month for my son’s birthday and then a pool party so all I was out was 2 boxes of pasta and two cans of evaporated milk.  Total cost for this macaroni and cheese for 2 parties: Less than $11.00.  Double bonus: This mac and cheese for a crowd is very economical.

How to make Mac and Cheese for a Crowd: {VIDEO BELOW}

Cook the elbow pasta according to package directions and drain.

Add the drained pasta to a greased slow cooker.

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Cube 1/2 the package of pasteurized cheese spread.  Place on top of the pasta in the slow cooker.

Shake the evaporated milk then open and pour over the pasta and cheese.

In a small bowl add the garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and parsley flakes.  Stir to combine then pour over the pasta and cheese.

Stir to completely combine all the ingredients together.

Cover and set the slow cooker as follows:

Since the pasta will continue to cook in the slow cooker *do not* leave on high heat for very long.

  • Serving immediately – set the slow cooker to high for up to 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Eating within 30 minutes – set the slow cooker to low, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Waiting longer than an hour – set the slow cooker to keep warm, stirring every 20 minutes. 

And here you are……

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Mac and Cheese for a Crowd
This recipe for Mac and Cheese for a Crowd is a cheesy dish that's ready to party! Easy comfort food that has just a few ingredients but is so satisfying.
Mac and Cheese for a Crowd | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Mac and Cheese for a Crowd | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Cook the elbow pasta according to package directions and drain.
  2. Add the drained pasta to a greased slow cooker.
  3. Cube 1/2 the package of pasteurized cheese spread. Place on top of the pasta in the slow cooker.
  4. Shake the evaporated milk then open and pour over the pasta and cheese.
  5. In a small bowl add the garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and parsley flakes. Stir to combine then pour over the pasta and cheese.
  6. Stir to completely combine all the ingredients together.
  7. Cover and set according to timing below. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Cover and set the slow cooker as follows:

Since the pasta will continue to cook int he slow cooker *do not* leave on high heat for very long.

  • Serving immediately - set the slow cooker to high for up to 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Eating within 30 minutes - set the slow cooker to low, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Waiting longer than an hour - set the slow cooker to warm, storring every 20 minutes. 

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches

Let the slow cooker make the chicken for this sandwich then add a kick of heat with a smoky and spicy sauce.  Jerk Chicken Sandwiches are then topped with pickled red onions and jalapenos.

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches from Bottom Left of the Mitten

I’ve tried a meal with jerk seasoning precisely once.  Like 16 years ago.  Not a fan.  I decided to get wild at a chain restaurant and veer away from my normal order.  Big mistake.  Not being able to get through even half the sandwich because my mouth was in flames is not my idea of a good dining experience.

So when I saw that Legion of Spice would send 2 free samples I figured I didn’t have much to lose.  I’m so glad that I expanded my seasonal horizons because these jerk chicken sandwiches are just what I need on this Mitten Movie Night.

What beer pairs well with Jerk Chicken Sandwiches?

The beer: Bellaire Brown from Short’s Brewing.

A perfect beer paired with the smokey, sweet spices of the jerk seasoning.

What movie pairs well with a spicy sandwich and cold craft beer?

Keeping with the Halloween theme (I know it’s passed alright!) we are re-watching The Babadook.  This is on Netflix instant–if you want to freak the freak out watch it now.

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How to make Jerk Chicken Sandwiches:

For the chicken, I just added it to my slow cooker with 1 cup of water and 2 Tbs of the ‘I’m A Jerk’ Seasoning.  After it started cooking for an hour or so the house smelled amazing.  Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg.  I wanted to jump on the computer and start researching tropical locals for a mid-winter break.  Or I can save a few thousand dollars and have this meal when I’m feeling the long Michigan winter blues.

Once the chicken has cooked for 6-8 hours take it out and shred it then put it back into the pot to soak up more flavor while the sauce gets made.

Reasons why you should make chicken for sandwiches in the slow cooker:

  • Cooking chicken in the slow cooker makes it extra tender and easy to shred.  Perfect to top on a crispy, warm bun.
  • Seasoning added to the slow cooker cooks the flavor into the chicken making it extra tasty.
  • Slow cooker chicken sandwiches are perfect for busy nights since the slow cooker does almost all of the work.

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Since I really love giving my recipes quirky names (ie. Turkey & Bacon Sliders with ‘Isn’t That Special’ Sauce).  Therefore I decided to call this ‘Jerk’ Sauce.  **Take a few minutes to think of 10 separate instances where you could have used this in a conversation…..** and we’re back!

How to make Jerk Chicken Sandwich Sauce:

Put all the sauce ingredients in a pot and set it to simmer over a low/medium heat for 10-15 minutes to thicken it up.  This sauce is the perfect compliment to top these jerk chicken sandwiches.

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Prepare the buns. Since I prefer mine toasted so at this time I would butter them and place in the oven for 8-10 minutes on a baking sheet.  When done remove the heels from the pan and flip the lids over.

Sprinkle shredded cheese ( I use shredded cheese over anything) and put them into the oven to melt for another 2-4 minutes.

To assemble remove the meat from the crock pot and place on top of the bun.  Drizzle some ‘Jerk’ Sauce on top.  It’s meant to be more of a condiment than mixed with the meat like my Asian BBQ Sauce.

Dress up with some pickled red onions and jalapenos.

And here you are…..

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!InstagramMMN

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Jerk Chicken Sandwiches from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Jerk Chicken Sandwiches
These Jerk Chicken Sandwiches are a vacation from the ordinary. Jerk chicken, toasted bun then drizzled with sauce and topped with red onions and jalapenos.
Jerk Chicken Sandwiches | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Jerk Chicken
Jerk Seasoning
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Jerk Chicken
Jerk Seasoning
Jerk Chicken Sandwiches | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Jerk Chicken
  1. For the chicken, I just added it to my slow cooker with 1 cup of water and 2 Tbs of the 'I'm A Jerk' Seasoning.
  2. Cook for 6-8 hours take it out and shred it. Put it back into the pot to soak up more flavor while the sauce gets made.
Jerk Sauce
  1. Put all the sauce ingredients in a pot and set it to simmer over a low/medium heat for 10-15 minutes to thicken it up.
  2. Toast the buns. Butter them and put them in the oven for 8-10 minutes on a baking sheet. Taking them out remove the heels from the pan and flip the lids over. Sprinkle shredded cheese and put them into the oven to melt for another 2-4 minutes.
  3. To assemble remove the meat from the crock pot and place on top of the bun.
  4. Drizzle some 'Jerk' Sauce on top. Add some pickled red onions and jalapenos. Enjoy!

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