What John and Cait Ate: Food Network Mac & Cheese
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”
-John & Cait
Food Network Mac & Cheese
During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.
Food Network Mac & Cheese
$8 for 16 oz cup
$8 for the Trio (Includes 4oz Samples of each of 3 Types)
Top: Jalapeno Popper; Bottom Left: Beer and Brat; Bottom Right: Buffalo Chicken
The Food Network has cooked up three specialty Mac n’ Cheese dishes for Brewers fans this season: Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese, and Beer and Brats Mac & Cheese.
First, you may recall the Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese from last season; this is not a new item, but it is a popular one. The mac and cheese is tossed with spicy buffalo chicken and topped with bleu cheese and bread crumbs.
The Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese is new this year, but it is not unique to Miller Park. This is a recipe that you’ll find if you visit many other ballparks. The mac and cheese is tossed with jalapenos and cream cheese, then topped with bacon-panko bread crumbs.
Finally, last but certainly not least, is the Beer and Brats Mac & Cheese, which is unique to Miller Park. According to Chef Grant, this is the most popular mac and cheese and we’re not surprised. It’s tossed with bratwurst and local-beer infused cheese sausages, then topped with mustard and bread crumbs.
Fans can order a single-serving of one type of mac and cheese in a 16 oz container ($8), or try a 4 oz portion of all three by ordering the Trio ($8).
Cait: This is not the mac n’ cheese that your mom used to make. Even if hers was pretty good, this is better, guaranteed. (Sorry, mom!) I already knew I liked the Buffalo Chicken and I will have to say that it is my favorite of the three–it has just the right amount of “kick” to it and that, combined with its texture, meshes very well with the cheese and the bleu cheese bread crumbs. However, while the Buffalo chicken had the right amount of spice, the Jalapeno Popper was just a little too spicy for my liking. Finally, the iconic Wisconsin Beer and Brats Mac & Cheese was also very good; I can definitely see why it is a favorite among fans so far this season! It’s like the grown-up version of hot dogs and mac and cheese!
John: My favorite was the Wisconsin Beer and Brats Mac & Cheese. The salty flavor of the brats mixed quite well with the cheese and the brat-to-mac ratio was just right. It doesn’t get more Wisconsin than that! Buffalo Chicken is wonderful as well and it is always a pleasant surprise when Sharon and Lorraine serve this in the Press Box. I love Buffalo Chicken sandwiches and this is an interesting take on that popular sandwich. Again, the ratio of chicken-to-mac made for a good dish. The Jalapeno Popper had significantly more spice than the Buffalo Chicken dish. If you are into that kind of spice, try it, but I thought the jalapeno flavor overpowered the mac n’ cheese a little too much. This is definitely a ballpark friendly snack as it is easy to carry and not messy.
(out of 5)
Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The Food Network Cart is located down the left-field line on the Loge Level just beyond Section 222.
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