Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites Recipe

Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites Recipe

I usually don’t make fried foods at home, but some things just beg to be fried and this Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites recipe is one of them! We all love mac and cheese as it is, but once you add some seasoned breading and make them all crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside – YUM! This makes a perfect game day food or party appetizer.

Macaroni and cheese is good in any form, but we especially love it in this “party perfect” form. While I like to eat the fried macaroni and cheese bites AS IS, other family members and party guests have found that they love them when they’re dipped into a sauce. Almost ANY type of sauce – from ketchup, to mustard, to ranch, to barbecue sauce, salsa – even guacamole! I’m thinking a fun idea for our next party would be to set up a Mac and Cheese Bites Bar complete with a whole array of different sauces so everyone can experiment and find out just what combination they like best.

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Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites

 
INGREDIENTS
1 lb Macaroni
2 (8 oz) Packages of Sharp Cheddar Cheese Chunk
1 1/4 cup Milk
1/2 cup Flour
1/4 cup Butter
2 Eggs
3 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Salt & Pepper to taste
Vegetable Oil (for frying)

Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites Recipe Process

DIRECTIONS

Boil macaroni until tender, drain and set aside.
Shred your cheese and set aside.
In a large pan, melt butter over medium heat.
Add flour and mix until light brown color (make a roux).
Add 1 cup milk and whisk until thick.
Add cheese one handfull at a time.
Mix until cheese is all melted and smooth.
Add cooked macaroni to pan and mix until well coated.
Add salt and pepper.
Transfer to container that will fit in your refrigerator, and refrigerate for 1 hour or until cold.
Line a baking sheetbaking sheet with wax or parchment paper.
Form cold macaroni and cheese into 1″ balls and place on prepared pan.
Place in freezer for 1 hour.
Beat eggs and add 1/4 cup milk in a bowl to make egg wash.
Dip balls into egg wash then roll in bread crumbs to coat completely.
Heat oil in deep fryer to 320 or fill skillet 1/2-3/4″ deep and heat over medium high to 320.
Fry for about 3-4 minutes and drain.

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Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Macaroni
  • 2 (8 oz) Packages of Sharp Cheddar Cheese Chunk
  • 1 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Vegetable Oil (for frying)

Instructions

  1. Boil macaroni until tender, drain and set aside.
  2. Shred your cheese and set aside.
  3. In a large pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  4. Add flour and mix until light brown color (make a roux).
  5. Add 1 cup milk and whisk until thick.
  6. Add cheese one handfull at a time.
  7. Mix until cheese is all melted and smooth.
  8. Add cooked macaroni to pan and mix until well coated.
  9. Add salt and pepper.
  10. Transfer to container that will fit in your refrigerator, and refrigerate for 1 hour or until cold.
  11. Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  12. Form cold macaroni and cheese into 1? balls and place on prepared pan.
  13. Place in freezer for 1 hour.
  14. Beat eggs and add 1/4 cup milk in a bowl to make egg wash.
  15. Dip balls into egg wash then roll in bread crumbs to coat completely.
  16. Heat oil in deep fryer to 320 or fill skillet 1/2-3/4? deep and heat over medium high to 320.
  17. Fry for about 3-4 minutes and drain.
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Comments

  1. Wow oh wow! These look awesome! I have never even heard of them before. I have been missing out on a majorly delicious snack! My daughter loves Mac & Cheese so I know these are going to be a huge hit! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Holy Moly I think I just died and went to heaven! These look amazing!!!!! Thank you for this recipe!-Brandnewmomblog.com

  3. jjoyceward57@yahoo.com' JOYCE ROGERS\ says:

    I’ve had these before….they are too yummy

  4. Hi,
    I was wondering, serving size to this recipe? I want to make for a kids party.

  5. j_beckman@hotmail.com' jendidessert says:

    I noticed you call for 1 3/4 cup milk, but it looks like you only use 1 1/4 cups in the recipe. Where does the other 1/2 cup go or do you even need it?

  6. Great ideal. Must try

  7. Hello, I noticed that your recipe calls for seasoned bread crumbs, but when you click on the directions your picture shows panko unseasoned bread crumbs, so which one are we supposed to use? Thanking you in advance for your response.

    • The seasoned will make them more flavorful, but unseasoned can be used if that’s what you have on hand! (You can always add a teaspoon or two of your favorite seasoning to the unseasoned crumbs if you like.)

  8. Hello! Do these reheat well? I’m looking for something to make ahead, and reheat the day of the party.
    Thanks so much!

    • To be honest, Shannon, I haven’t tried that. As with most fried foods they taste best right away. But I think you could have good results if when you first cook them you do so until they are only just starting to brown. That way if you heat them later in the oven they won’t get too dark on the outside before they are fully reheated inside.

  9. Hi Diane,
    I just found this great recipe today, love this macaroni taste, thanks for sharing with us.

  10. I used my favorite macaroni and cheese recipe instead. As I had leftover mac and cheese from Christmas Dinner. It was very yummy.

  11. I left some mac and cheese balls in the freezer to fry up later . I will egg wash and put bread crumbs on before frying .

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