Fried Mac and Cheese Bites

Fried Mac and Cheese Bites

prep: 30 mins
cook: 7 mins
fry: 4 mins
total: 41 mins
Servings: 30
Yield: 30 bites


12 ounces (about 4 cups) elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups milk
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar
4 ounces thinly sliced deli American cheese, cut into thin strips
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 large eggs
1 box (8 oz) Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs
6 cups peanut or vegetable oil, for frying


Step One

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook 7 minutes or per package directions; drain.

Step 2

Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, cooking until bubbly. While whisking, add 1 1/4 cups of the milk in a thin stream. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in 1 cup of the cheddar and the
American cheese. Fold into macaroni in a large bowl. Let cool slightly, then stir in mozzarella and the remaining 1 cup cheddar. Spread mac and cheese onto a rimmed sheet. Cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.

Step 3

Use a scoop to spoon out about 1/4 cup of the mixture at a time and shape it into 2- to 3-inch balls, compressing slightly.

Step 4

Whisk eggs with the remaining 1/4 cup milk. Dip balls in egg mixture, then coat in panko.

Step 5

Heat oil in a deep 4-quart pot to 360° on a deep-fry thermometer. Fry 6 or 7 mac and cheese bites at a time for 3 to 4 minutes per batch, until golden. Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of


Is there any comfort food quite like Mac n Cheese? It’s such a delicious indulgence, especially this time of year when I’m craving warm and filling foods :drooling_face: :bowl_with_spoon: And as we all know, if something tastes good- fry it! It’s sure to be even more delicious :joy::+1:

Another awesome (and creative!) recipe, @Amethyst- thank you so much for sharing! :heart:


@Amethyst It’s my favorite recipe.

Added to the bechamel Sauce I often put one teaspoon of mustard and some drops of hot sauce (Tobasco). Delicioso​:heart_eyes::spaghetti:More you could even put some Whole grain corn and ground meat (previously Cooked)…


Hee! Too true! Glad you like it!

That sounds good except for the fact I’m allergic to mustard. LOL. But that would give it a tasty kick! Glad you like the recipe!


:blush::wink: @Amethyst