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Fried Mac And Cheese Balls
I am not exactly sure what it is about fried finger foods that make them so appealing. Obviously they have a distinctive flavor, with some crunch living inside of the crispy outer coating and then softer goodness within. Imagine what a national favorite comfort food would be like if you took it out of the bowl and put it into a fried appetizer or snack. Take Mac and cheese. It’s popular (and perfect) just the way it is. Now, take it and fry it up inside of a golden, crunchy outside. It’s a completely different food that will delight your taste buds. Here are the instructions on how to make it.
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Macaroni And Cheese
Macaroni And Cheese Ingredients
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 cups whole milk
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 cups Colby Jack cheese mix
- salt and pepper, to taste
Macaroni And Cheese Instructions
Cook the macaroni in a pasta pot as per the instructions on the box.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, whisking constantly, until the mixture is a light golden brown.
Reduce the heat under the pan to low and whisk in the milk until smooth.
Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
Add the cheese to the saucepan, 1 cup at a time, whisking each time. Do not add more cheese until the previous cheese is fully melted and incorporated.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and stir to combine.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Macaroni Cheese Balls
Macaroni Cheese Balls Ingredients
- 2 cups prepared macaroni and cheese, chilled in the fridge overnight
- 3/4 cups flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups panko bread crumbs
- vegetable oil, for frying
Macaroni Cheese Balls Instructions
Heat 2 inches of oil in a large heavy frying pan until bubbling.
Create an assembly line using three separate prep bowls, placing flour in one bowl, egg in the second bowl and panko in the third bowl.
Dredge each macaroni ball in flour, then egg, then panko to coat.
Place each ball into the oil and fry for about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels before serving.
Marinara Dipping Sauce
Marinara Dipping Sauce Ingredients
- ½ cup marinara sauce
- 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
Marinara Dipping Sauce Instructions
Mix together cream cheese and marinara sauce.
Serve sauce warm.