Fried Mac & Cheese Bites
Make a fresh batch of macaroni and cheese or use leftovers.
Macaroni and Cheese:
1 ½ cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
3 tablespoons Butter, unsalted
1 tablespoon flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 ½ cups Shredded Cheese
nonstick cooking spray as needed
¼ cup flour
2 large eggs, beaten
¾ cup plain breadcrumbs
vegetable oil as needed
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
Meanwhile, melt butter in 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 cheese. Continue to cook, while stirring, until cheese is melted.
Remove from heat and fold the pasta into the cheese sauce.
Spray 6-inch(15cm) 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 4x
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 sauce pan over medium-high heat. Cook about half of the bites at one time, frying bites for 1-1 1/2 minutes per side.
Drain bites on paper towels. Serve immediately.
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