Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

Total Time:
12 hr 35 min
15 min
12 hr
20 min

6 servings


Cook the macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain again and set aside.

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour into the butter and stir it with a whisk. Cook for 2 minutes. Whisk the warmed milk into the flour mixture, working out any lumps. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the cheeses, and stir until melted and smooth; season with salt and pepper. Fold the cheese sauce into macaroni. Pour the mac and cheese into a shallow pan and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours.

Shape the cold mac and cheese into meatball-sized balls and place them onto a waxed paper-lined tray. Freeze the balls overnight.

Beat the eggs and 2 tablespoons milk together to form an egg wash and pour it into a shallow bowl. Put the bread crumbs into another shallow bowl. Remove the mac and cheese balls from the freezer. Dip the frozen balls into the egg wash then into the bread crumbs. Put the balls back into the freezer until you are ready to fry.

Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer to 350 degrees F. Fry the mac and cheese balls until they are golden brown and center is hot, about 5 minutes. Serve hot with your favorite marinara or Alfredo sauce or combination or both for dipping.

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I wil be making these this weekend item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used a 500gm pack of elbow macaroni and processed cheddar cheese. When I mixed the macaroni and cheeses with the sauce, I added just a few extra tablespoons of warmed milk. I refrigerated the mac and cheese mix for one hour and once deep fried, coupled with my recipe of simple Marinara sauce(olive oil, garlic, crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, basil, salt and black pepper - saute garlic in oil, add tomatoes and seasoning and simmer on low heat untill thick, the mac and cheese came out fantastic! My kids loved it! Made quite a few mac and cheese balls and froze them for later. Excellent recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So, this is the second time I've made these. It's just me so I freeze the balls and bread and fry them whenever I want to eat them. I totally ran out of eggs this afternoon so instead of using the egg wash to bread them I used Mayo and it makes the best difference ever. If your eating these your probly not concerned how fattening they are anyway so use the Mayo trust me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! They were a huge hit at my Christmas Party. I served them with marinara. I think it was plenty cheesy. I used Italian Breadcrumbs which made all the difference. Everyone loved them and asked the recipe. They were time consuming but it was worth it. I had a party of 15 over and one batch was plenty if you are having other appetizers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe tonight for a late night snack with some left over macaroni and cheese we had from dinner earlier in the week. OMG it is so freaking good and tastes clean, not greasy like some restaurant versions : and its surprisingly simple, would be a great appetizer for parties : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! Made them last night and can't wait to take them out of the freezer. Makes several mac and cheese balls. They are going to be amazing! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Exactly like the fried mac and cheese at the cheesecake factory! These are dangerously good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were actually made in heaven! I serve these up when we play cards! Awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't made it yet, but when I do, I'm going to serve them on vodka sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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