Fried Macaroni & Cheese Bites


Ingredients

1 lb macaroni
16 oz sharp cheddar cheese block (or 16oz shredded)
1¼ cup milk
½ cup flour
¼ cup butter
2 eggs
3 cups seasoned bread crumbs
Salt & pepper to taste
Vegetable oil (for frying)

Directions

  1. Boil macaroni until tender, drain and set aside. Shred cheese and set aside.
  2. In a large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and mix until light brown color (make a roux).
  3. Add 1 cup milk and whisk until thick.
  4. Add cheese one handful at a time. Mix until cheese is melted and smooth.
  5. Add cooked macaroni to pan and mix until well coated. Add salt and pepper.
  6. Transfer to a container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until cold.
  7. Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  8. Form cold macaroni and cheese into 1" balls and place on prepared pan. Place in freezer for at least 1 hour (overnight works well).
  9. Beat eggs and add ¼ cup milk in a bowl to make egg wash.
  10. Dip balls into egg wash then roll into bread crumbs, coating completely.
  11. Heat oil in deep fryer to 320 degrees, or fill skillet ½-3/4" deep and heat over medium high to 320 degrees.
  12. Fry 3-4 minutes, until golden, and drain. Serve immediately.

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