This actually was a copycat that I CRAVE after long periods away from one of my fav restaurants, Nose Dive. They have a duck mac and cheese with cracker topping, and it’s just SO good. Seriously delicious, and I usually force Jay to share it with me but then eat it all so…awesome.
This version isn’t lighter, but it’s definitely cheaper, thanks to a really wonderful substitute of chicken thighs braised in mother effing butter and chicken stock, and the Cheez-It topping is just….you know.
Now, listen. If you’re a Nips person I suppose that’s fine, but it is my personal belief that this dish is made better by legit Cheez-Its due to their sharp cheddar flavor. If you would like to use another kind of cheese cracker’s I guess we can deal with that. But seriously….try not to be that guy.