Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Brats

A grilled to perfection brat is nestled into a toasted bun and then topped with the cheesiest, meltiest, tastes just like a jalapeno popper mac and cheese.  These Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Brats are further garnished with additional shredded white cheddar jalapeno cheese, pickled jalapenos and toasted breadcrumbs.  It’s your favorite appetizer dressed up as a main dish!

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Brats | Melanie Makes

Finally!  It seems like the number of nights we eat out on the patio now outnumber the nights we’re gathered around the dining room table.  You know what that means?  It’s grilling season!  Although I don’t man the grill in our home, I love that grilling is an opportunity for Andy and I to make a meal together.  These Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Brats?  A perfect example!

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Brats | Melanie Makes

Apparently you can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but not the Wisconsin out of the girl.  After seven years of living in Madison and not sharing a single brat recipe, this marks my third brat recipe in just a few months!  I’ve never served my children a hot dog but they all have had and enjoy a great brat.  (Even if one of them chooses ketchup as her condiment of choice.  Ew!)

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Brats | Melanie Makes

A grilled to perfection brat is nestled into a toasted bun and then topped with the cheesiest, meltiest, tastes just like a jalapeno popper mac and cheese.  It’s further garnished with additional shredded white cheddar jalapeno cheese, pickled jalapenos and toasted breadcrumbs.  It’s your favorite appetizer dressed up as a main dish!

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Brats | Melanie Makes

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Brats

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 brats

Serving Size: 1 brat

Ingredients

16 ounces elbow macaroni

1 cup half and half

8 ounces cream cheese

1-1/4 cup white cheddar jalapeno cheese, shredded

1 cup pickled jalapenos

1/2 cup plain yogurt

8 brats, grilled

8 brat buns, toasted

breadcrumbs to garnish

Instructions

In heavily salted water, cook macaroni until al dente.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan add half and half and cream cheese. Whisk together as it melts to insure there are no lumps. Stir in white cheddar jalapeno cheese until everything is melted together.

Stir in jalapenos and yogurt until combined.

Drain pasta and stir into cheese mixture.

Place brat into bun and top with approximately 1/2 cup mac and cheese. Garnish with additional shredded cheese and jalapenos, if desired, and top with bread crumbs.

Notes

Recipe inspired by Filled Frankfurters

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Brats | Melanie Makes

Add these brats to your summer grilling menu pronto.  You can bet I’ll be enjoying them again in the very near future.  Here’s to many more nights eating dinner with friends and family on the patio!

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I partnered with Food.com to obtain the original recipe, but received no compensation for this post.  All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own.

Comments

  1. Are you determined to make me fat for the summer? Seriously you’re brat recipes look so ridiculously good, I may just have to scorn my swimsuit for the season and make every last one of them.

    P.S. I love that your kids have had a brat but not a hot dog. Raising em right!

  2. Oh my gosh, my husband would die! haha! These look fantastic! So many wonderful flavors in this!

  3. Ohmigosh, these sound positively heavenly! I definitely need to make these for my next cookout!

  4. Totally in love with these brats! Perfect tasting vibes happening here!

  5. These. Look. FANTASTIC!!! I have no other words, except “yummmmm…”

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