We went over to some friends' place for Superbowl and since they were making chili and several dips, I decided to make and bring some mac and cheese to eat with the chili, along with some of my favorite thin and crispy tortilla chips and my favorite thick and crunchy tortilla chips and potato chips (the tortilla chips aren't listed on the site).
I wanted something new and different as I dangerously like to prepare for the first time even though that is like Dinner Party 101 so I was thinking about what kind of cheese would probably go well with a chili. One of the things that came to mind was Beecher's Flagship cheese because it was slightly sweet and slightly nutty and as I had recalled still somewhat sharp and tangy. Luckily when I googled it there was already a mac and cheese recipe using it AND it was "world's best." So I went for it, only using macaroni instead of penne because I don't really care for any pasta other than the really thin ones like angel hair and lasagna noodles and of course the all-time classic macaroni. Oh, and I couldn't find Just Jack so I used gruyere as they suggested (which I thought was an odd sub for a jack cheese but whatever).
It was a hit and everyone loved it, and I really did like it and will probably use the sauce for some roasted cauliflower or something later down the line but it wasn't quite what I had hoped for to pair with chili so I think next time I will stick with a sharp cheddar.