Fried Pimento Mac and Cheese

These little squares of fried mac and cheese heaven are crunchy, creamy, spicy and gooey--all at the same time.
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min (includes freezing time)
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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4 cups milk

12 ounces elbow macaroni 

8 ounces shredded Cheddar (about 2 cups)

4 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella (about 1 cup)

4 ounces cream cheese

Two 4-ounce jars diced pimento peppers, drained

1/3 cup sour cream 

2 tablespoons hot sauce, plus more for serving

Large pinch cayenne pepper 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable oil, for frying


Special equipment:
a deep-frying thermometer
  1. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on at least 2 sides.
  2. Put the milk and macaroni in a medium saucepan. Bring the milk to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to keep the macaroni from clumping. Continue to boil, stirring frequently, until the macaroni is tender and the milk has thickened to the consistency of heavy cream, 4 to 5 minutes. 
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the Cheddar, mozzarella, cream cheese, pimentos, sour cream, hot sauce, cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper and stir until smooth, thick and creamy. Spread into the prepared baking dish and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. 
  4. Use the parchment overhang to lift the macaroni in a block from the dish. Cut into 2-inch squares, transfer to a baking sheet and freeze until completely firm, about 30 minutes. 
  5. Meanwhile, fill a large, heavy-bottomed pot with 2 inches of oil and heat until a deep-frying thermometer registers 375 degrees F. Fry the mac and cheese squares in batches until golden brown on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve warm with more hot sauce drizzled over top. 
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