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Shrimp Pepper Jack Mac & Cheese

posted by Julie Evink on August 18, 2014

Shrimp Pepper Jack Mac Cheese ~ Lightened Up Mac & Cheese with a Kick! Topped with Crunchy Shrimp!

Shrimp Pepper Jack Mac & Cheese ~ Lightened Up Mac & Cheese with a Kick! Topped with Crunchy Shrimp!

Growing up my family almost always took a summer vacation. It usually wasn’t super fancy but it was a vacation where we got to leave the hustle and bustle of the real world and go on a little adventure. Mom always made a point of making this happen from my memories and Dad was drug away from the farm for a few days, which trust me is a hard thing to accomplish so kudos to my mom! You see farming is not my Dad’s “job” it’s his lifestyle. Eat, Drink, Breathe. Pretty much sums it up! It’s a good thing he seems to love it because if you didn’t it would be a miserable life. I’m so glad he found his passion in life, which sometimes I reflect on and wonder if I found it!

Oh don’t get me wrong we had fun on vacation but there were always moments that I now look back on and think man I was a real stinker. I antagonized my brother in the back seat of the car way to frequently getting on our parents nerves, I’m sure I whined way more than I want to remember and was a brat. Good thing I mostly remember just being with the family and doing our little “special” things on vacation like finding license plates from all 50 states, finding the letters of the alphabet while driving etc. This was way before you ever had such things as DVD players or tablets in the car! We made our own fun!

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  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    You stole my heart with shrimp AND pepperjack! Seriously there is nothing better!

  • Danielle | Krafted Koch

    The flavors in this sound AMAZING! As in, I need to go home tonight and make this ASAP. As for getting the hubs on a tropical vacation, if he is anything like my husband, he may be hesitant to go at first, but he will be itching to go back every year for relaxation on the beach and fruity drinks. 😉 lol

    • Julie Evink

      Matt will even like this one! P.S. I’m dragging you two on this vacation bah ha ha.

  • Jill

    Is popcorn shrimp something you buy pre-made? like breaded up?
    Anyway, love this as a cheaper alternative to lobster mac n cheese that is so hot now.

    • Julie Evink

      Yes you can find them in the frozen food section and they are breaded little bite size shrimp!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I am drooling over this dish, Julie! It’s looks amazing! I love that you added shrimp and spiced up a classic mac n cheese. My husband will go nuts over this! Pinned!

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks Gayle! So yummy and easy!

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    What a fabulous combo to dress up a simple family dinner. I am so excited for you to start your vacation tradition! Tropical and warm sounds like music to my ears… maybe the hubby and I need to plan a little vacay, especially after the cold months next year 😉

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks Kathi! Yes anything to get away during those horrid winter months right?!

  • Jaren+(Diary+of+a+Recipe+Collector)

    I love this idea Julie! I could eat shrimp 8 days a week!

  • Julianne+@+Beyond+Frosting

    I feel like this is a recipe my boyfriend could get on board with. I am eagerly (and not so eagerly) waiting for when I have kids so I cam not the only one that likes Mac and Cheese in the house. It drives me crazy! He loves pepper jack and shrimp though so maybe this could hope change his mind!

    • Julie Evink

      What who doesn’t like Mac & Cheese?! Crazy man!!!

  • Annie+@Maebells

    Oh man! This looks amazing! Two of my favorite things in one dish! I can’t wait to try!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    definitely craving some of the creamy and cheesy goodness of mac and cheese right now. this looks delicious.

  • Jordan @ Smile Sandwich

    I’m almost as jealous of your family vacation tradition as I am of this MAC AND CHEESE! I think I found my next date night meal.

    • Julie Evink

      I think that sounds like a perfect idea Jordan!

  • Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog

    LOVE pepperjack in mac and cheese! And the shrimp just puts it over the top! Yum

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks Sharon! Totally agree!

  • Madison

    Hey! So exited to try this recipe out with my family! Would I be able to use regular shrimp if I can’t find the popcorn? Thanks so much!!

    • Julie Evink

      I think you could use regular breaded shrimp, popcorn shrimp is just smaller!

  • Paula @ Paula's Plate

    I am always on the look out for a lightened up mac and cheese dish, and this one looks over-the-top incredible! I can’t wait to give it a try :)

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks Paula! I can assure you it doesn’t taste lightened up!

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    This looks fantastic! Mac and cheese on a whole new level.

  • Claudia

    Consequently delectable! That looks impressive.

  • capturing joy with kristen duke

    This sounds amazing!! Just pinned!

  • Mary Clark

    I do believe I am a lucky lady today. I was searching for recipes for zucchini and came upon yours. I couldn’t help, but to open the one with so many recipes with zucchini. I am very pleased that each one came with a picture and all the needed information. I look forward to checking out your other recipes. Trying to decide which zucchini dessert recipe to pick from you collection will be my challenge tonight. Many thanks!

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