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Fried Mac & Cheese Bites

This is not your ordinary appetizer! Make a fresh batch of macaroni and cheese or use leftovers. Either way, it’s an appetizer that will have everyone talking.

Ingredients

Macaroni and Cheese

  • 1 ½ cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 3 tbsps Crystal Farms® Butter, unsalted
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 ½ cups Crystal Farms Shredded Mac & Cheese
  • as needed nonstick cooking spray

Fried Bites

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¾ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • as needed vegetable oil
Recommended Crystal Farms' Product Substitutions: Crystal Farms Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in 2-quart saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly.
  • Slowly whisk in milk into the flour mixture, whisking constantly, until sauce is smooth. Bring sauce to a boil; reduce to low heat and simmer for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the shredded Mac & Cheese blend. Continue to cook, while stirring, until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from heat and fold the pasta into the cheese sauce.
  • Spray 6-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon macaroni and cheese into pan; packing it down slightly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until macaroni and cheese is completely cooled.
  • Place flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in three separate shallow bowls. Cut chilled macaroni and cheese into 16 pieces, cutting pan 4x4.
  • Dredge each macaroni and cheese bite as follows: First coat bite lightly with flour, then dip in eggs, then coat with bread crumbs.
  • Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook about half of the bites at one time, frying bites for 1-1 ½ minutes per side.
  • Drain bites on paper towels. Serve immediately.

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