Deep Fried Mac and Cheese

Total Time:
20 min
5 min
15 min

15 pieces

  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • 1 recipe "The Lady's Cheesy Mac" prepared, chilled in the refrigerator overnight, and cut into 15 bite-sized squares, recipe follows
  • Flour, for dredging
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Plain bread crumbs, for dredging
  • "The Lady's Cheesy Mac":
  • 4 cups cooked elbow macaroni, drained
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk

Heat 2 inches of oil in a large, heavy Dutch oven to 350 degrees F.

Dredge each Cheesy Mac square in flour, then egg, and then bread crumbs to coat. Fry for about 1 minute on each side until golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving.

"The Lady's Cheesy Mac":

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Once you have the macaroni cooked and drained, place in a large bowl and while still hot, add the Cheddar. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and add to the macaroni mixture. Pour macaroni mixture into a casserole dish and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Top with additional cheese, if desired.

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I've made this recipe numerous time. I love me some Paula Deen :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
Worst mac and cheese I have ever made. No flavor at all. I used 3 cups of premium cheese and it was so bland. Used new oil and all. May try with Patty Labelles mac and cheese but never "ladys". item not reviewed by moderator and published
these came amazingly delicious. I used boxed mac and cheese for my 1st attempt but followed the recipe for frying etc. Next I'll definitely twist it up a little. Make my own homemade mac and cheese but while its cooling off I'll throw in my small chunks of cheddar. That way after they are fried small gooey pieces of cheese will be there. Definitely making again soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is a wonderful mac and cheese, in fact it is the best that i have had. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Gotta request for these for Christmas with our kids again this year. I did them last year and had to fight for just one! The kids all stand around waiting for them to come out of the deep fryer. YES, they get their mouths burnt but they are grown kids. Two things I do differently 1: I wrap each mac square in thin baccon 2: I use crush wheat crakers instead of bread crumbs. OMGosh they are the best thing ever. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG to die for..of course i havnt made a paula Deen recipe yet that hasnt been to die for. Next time I make this i will add xtra cheese (cause i like it cheesey and for that xtra flair...HAM!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are a REALLY good...a total Guilty pleasure. Definitely a dish you make "once in a while" and probably for a crowd because you can feel your arteries take a hit while you munch on these delicious crunchy delightful bites....My mom who is trying to eat healthier unfortunately wouldn't touch them though... My only problem making these was I didn't chill these in the fridge over night, so I did have a lot of trouble keeping the squares together in the hot oil...but it still managed to turn out okay... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was a number 1 hit with my kids and every 1 at my work it was easy and yummy yummy good it is saved in my recipes and always used Thank you very much for being you item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's like eating pure cholesterol! Delicious and fun to make and eat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you, Paula....because of this recipe I am now famous in my family for making these at Christmas. Everyone loved them! They were time consuming, but anything this delicious ususally is. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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