Kids Can Make: Mac 'n' Cheese Bites

We miniaturized our kids' favorite meal into party-sized poppers. For big and little kids: Let them help measure the ingredients, stir them[ together and fill the muffin liners. You can make the snacks a day in advance, and warm them up at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes.]

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
10 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
36 bites
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely grated
  • 1 cup shredded mild Cheddar (about 3 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • Hot sauce, for serving, optional
Directions
  • Special equipment: 2 or 3 mini muffin trays (for 36 muffins), mini muffin liners

  • Position oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, and preheat to 400 degrees F. Line 2 or 3 mini muffin trays with liners, and coat the liners generously with cooking spray.

  • Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, and follow package directions for al dente. Drain the macaroni, and rinse in cold water until it is cool. Shake off any excess water.

  • Put the heavy cream, cream cheese, eggs, mustard, paprika and garlic in a large bowl. Beat on low speed with an electric mixer until combined (the mixture may have small lumps). Add the cooked macaroni, Cheddar and Monterey Jack, and stir until combined.

  • Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the macaroni mixture into the prepared muffin liners. Combine the breadcrumbs and butter with your fingers in a small bowl until the mixture is the texture of wet sand. Sprinkle the top of each macaroni mound with buttered breadcrumbs.

  • Bake until the cheese is melted and the bites are golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving hot or at room temperature. Serve with hot sauce on the side if desired.

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