Hard Cider Mac & Cheese

I wish I had known about cooking with hard cider sooner. I got my first dose of it’s culinary awesomeness at Thanksgiving 2011, when I added it to my pan gravy. We have about a case of of our local, homebrew cider left from that same year – that I’ve kind of been hoarding. But, when I saw this recipe I couldn’t resist going down to the basement to pull a bottle out.

I’d made a beer macaroni & cheese before, and I’d deemed it my favorite. But this version definitely gives it a run for it’s money. The hard cider lends a wonderful flavor, without being overpowering. And the addition of finely chopped Granny Smith apples and onions? Brilliant.

Spring is on the horizon, and I’m looking forward to it – but I’m trying to get my fill of winter warming favorites while I still can. And, nothing tops a big bowl of creamy, cheesy pasta. Especially when you bring booze to the party too!


  1. Posted February 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM | Permalink

    It’s 9 am and I am craving mac n cheese. And hard cider. I blame you =)

  2. Patti T
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

    I would never in a thousand years thought of this, but it is absolutely brilliant. I too have started loving recipes with beer, but this sounds even better.

  3. Posted February 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM | Permalink

    This looks amazing!

  4. Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM | Permalink

    Nothing better than apple and cheddar!

  5. Posted February 16, 2013 at 4:00 AM | Permalink

    Seriously, this combination of flavors sounds utterly amazing. I know what I’m making for dinner tomorrow!

  6. Rebecca
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM | Permalink

    What does “half and half” mean? Haven’t seen that in a recipe before.

    • Posted February 16, 2013 at 9:09 PM | Permalink

      It’s half cream, half milk. Often used as coffee creamer. Found with the milk, cream, and other dairy items in your grocery store.

  7. Posted February 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

    I have to confess I’ve never cooked with hard cider but this recipe is just begging to be made in my kitchen, and soon!! I love the apples and onions in here, such a good combo.

  8. Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

    this is all I want for dinner tonight. 🙂 I love apple and cheddar together! I’ve never had mac n cheese like this before!

  9. :)
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM | Permalink

    this dish seems like it tastes like bad decisions…..

    • Posted February 20, 2013 at 5:54 AM | Permalink

      You never know until you try! It’s delicious. I think your problem probably stems from the fact that most of the hard ciders on the market today are horrendous!

  10. Emily
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM | Permalink

    This looks great! What kind of cider did you use?

    • Posted February 21, 2013 at 8:26 AM | Permalink

      I used our own hard cider, that we bottled a couple of years ago. But, Hornsby’s cider or Woodchuck Amber would be good choices.

  11. Posted May 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM | Permalink

    I’m making this tonight!

  12. Deb
    Posted December 5, 2016 at 9:46 AM | Permalink

    How small should the apple slices be for this?

    • Posted December 11, 2016 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

      I slice them, then chop them. About 1/2-inch pieces.

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