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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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 Parents.com.

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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:

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@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)…

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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!

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:blush::wink: @Amethyst

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