I've mastered frying hot Cheetos mozzarella sticks, now it's time to master frying one thing I can't get in college- mac and cheese. I saw this recipe on All Recipes and was dying to make it. So much so, I had to settle for frozen broccoli with noodles and cheese from our campus convenience store. I was not disappointed when I made this delicious treat.
Fried Mac n' Cheese Bites
- Prep Time:40 mins
- Cook Time:1 hr 15 mins
- Total Time:1 hr 55 mins
- 1 14 ounce package macaroni and cheese mix cooked
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup pimento cheese spread
- 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
- 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper to taste
- 4 eggs
- Vegetable oil
Stir in cheddar cheese, pimento cheese spread, and Italian cheese blend into cooked macaroni while still hot.
Cover macaroni and cheese and place in refrigerator. Leave until firm, about 30 minutes to an hour.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove macaroni and cheese from refrigerator and scoop into balls onto the parchment paper.
Freeze the macaroni and cheese balls on the baking sheet for at least 1 hour.
Mix together bread crumbs, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, sugar, and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish. Set aside.
Crack and beat the eggs in a bowl.
Coat mac and cheese balls in egg wash, and then roll in breading.
Fry the mac and cheese balls in small batches until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain briefly on a paper towel-lined plate, serve hot.