Our office has long awaited the release of Homeroom restaurant's The Mac + Cheese Cookbook. In fact, when I ripped open the package, my desk neighbors couldn't wait to flip through the cookbook to see if their favorite mac and cheese recipe had made the cut. The overwhelming request was for "popper mac," a jalapeño cream cheese dish based off of the cream-cheese stuffed pepper appetizer.
The recipe, while perhaps not as good as the one you can get at the restaurant, is still undeniably cheesy, tart, and gooey. For a superspicy take, keep the ribs and seeds of the jalapeños in place. Add some aromatic flavor by garnishing the casserole dish with some chopped scallions. In addition, for a smoky, meaty version, sprinkle in some bacon bits or crumbled bacon.