Venison Sausage Pinconning Mac & Cheese

Pinconning cheese is Pure Michigan; venison summer sausage is as up-north as it gets. This was a riff on the World Mac & Cheese championship using Pinconning cheese two ways. It’s creamy, salty, ooey, gooey deliciousness. I hope you like it.

4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
8 ounces mild Pinconning cheese
4 ounces sharp Pinconning cheese
4 ounces cream cheese
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
sauce
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 teaspoon mustard powder
2 tablespoons chives
4 ounces venison sausage, diced fine

Topping:
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons chives
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Cook pasta to package instruction but 1 minute less.

In a large sauce pan on medium heat, add butter and flour and cook for 6 minutes stirring occasionally. Add venison sausage and cook for 4 minutes.

Add milk and cook for 7 minutes until it begins to thicken.

Add all cheeses a half cup at a time until all cheese is added.

Add hot sauce, mustard, garlic, and Worcestershire and stir.

Add cooked pasta.

Add mixture to a baking dish.

Mix Parmesan, bread crumbs, chive and garlic powder.

Top mac and cheese with Parmesan mixture.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until bread crumbs are toasted.

Serve.

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