What makes for a good guilty food pleasure? The answer would be cheese and fried food and that is where this Fried Mac n Cheese dish comes into play.
I have made this twice in a week and tried different ways to see which is the best and easiest way and I’m here to share!
Just to let you know this takes maybe 3 hours to make and complete but it is so worth it. The mac n cheese has to cool before you can work with it.
Ingredients (served 12)
(I what used for the party but you can change it of course)
- 2 box of Kraft Mac n Cheese
- 2 cups of shredded cheese, your choice
- 1 cup of Green Onions
- Spices, paprika, chilli powder, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.
- Garnish: parsley
- 4 eggs
- Panko breading
Make the Mac n Cheese as normal and mix in the extra cheese. You need the extra cheese to make it better and as a binding element. The powered cheese will not be enough to hold it all together.
I poured the Mac n Cheese into a dish to cool and then added the paprika and chilli powder on the top and let it cool in the fridge.
Now, this is where I did the hard work and found out what is easier. Online recipes want you to roll by hand the Mac n Cheese into balls. Doing that made a mess and an ice cream scoop didn’t help much either. My easy way was let it cool like brownies and slice it up and dunk in batter and done, no mess!
As you can see the Mac n Cheese “bars” are chilled and formed into perfect bite-sized treats and ready for the frying. The dark red spices are on the top and not mixed in to give a double taste or cheesy and then spicy. You can mix is the spices if you like.
Breading the Mac n Cheese
There are several ways but I kept it simple and fast since was for a party. Using the whisked eggs to coat the squares on all sides I then covered in the Panko breading. Some frying wants flour added but I wanted more cheese than the crust. Dip, Coat and Prep 4 squares at a time and then into the oil. Complete until done.
You can deep fry if you like, I was successful with a stove top fry and vegetable oil. With about an inch of hot oil, I was able to fry 4 pieces at a time. Cooking until golden brown for about 1-2 minutes then flip over. Taking the fried squares out of the oil make sure not to drop back in a splash and also place on a rack or paper towel to get rid of excess oil. Now you are ready to serve and delight your party guests with an amazing treat!
- In the oven at 350 to keep them warm if serving later, warm and crispy on the outside.
- Press the Panko into the nooks and crannies on the Mac n Cheese for a better coating
Written by Brian Holt