If you've ever seen A Christmas Story, you know the heirarchy of dares laid out in the film, with the ultimate throw down being the Triple Dog Dare. Upon receiving that, your reputation is completely destroyed if you back down from this challenge. In my post for Impossible Spinach Pie, I wrote that I might try making Impossible Mac & Cheese Pie, with Cheetos Topping. Upon reading that, Butta Buns threw down the gauntlet and uttered that dare of all dares. With that, there was no choice. My reputation was at stake. (The fact that I was overdue to have my once a year bag of Cheetos had nothing to do with my decision.) Foolhardy though it might have been, I forged ahead heedless of the folly that might arise from my decision. I was Triple Dog Dared, so I would make the pie. See what happens with these food events? Surely Mimi never dreamed her Biscuit Baking Mix Day would come to this..
Making the pie was impossibly easy, as the name states. So easy, I was able to read People magazine as I made the pie. Of course, I normally read Proust or Thomas Pynchon when I cook, but mild tabloid fare seemed just right with this recipe. First Step: You put dry macaroni and cheese into a greased pie plate.
My advice is to put the pie plate on a discolored cookie sheet, to make placing it in the oven easier. Don't forget to eat your Cheetos as you prepare the very simple batter and pour it on top of the macaroni and cheese.
It bakes up into nice mac & cheese. Put the crushed Cheetos on top of the pie about 2 minutes before it's done. First off, you will notice that the topping isn't blindingly orange. It turns out that when you crush Cheetos, they aren't as dark as when they're whole. It topping looks almost.....tasteful. Frankly, the Cheetos aren't as tasty as bread crumbs drizzled with butter topping. But, they would be a big hit with kids--or adults with a dominant Child Within.
Impossible Mac & Cheese Pie, With Cheetos Topping
(Betty Crocker Bisquick Cookbook)
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup uncooked macaroni
2 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup Bisquick
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper sauce
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
!/2 cup crushed Cheetos
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease pie plate 10 x 1 1/2 inches. Mix 2 cups cheese and the macaroni. Sprinkle in plate. Beat remaining ingredients except 1/4 cup cheese until smooth, 15 seconds in blender on high or 1 minute with hand beater. Pour into plate. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean about 40 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese and Cheetos. Bake until cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.