Good morning everyone! It's such a beautiful Tuesday morning down here. I hope it's just as beautiful where you are too.
You know how I told you all about my goals for the month of June? Well, I forgot to do Day 2 of my squat challenge nor did I apply for any jobs yesterday. But you know what I did do? I made fried mac & cheese bites. (you're welcome)
Although I didn't get much of anything done before 2:00 p.m. yesterday, I did manage to find an easy recipe for mac & cheese bites. I'd pinned a recipe for fried mac & cheese bites a few weeks ago and decided to give it a try. Mom made mac & cheese the other day, so I was lucky enough to not have to cook and chill a fresh batch. If you have leftover macaroni, use it! It cuts the recipe time in half!
Other than the mac & cheese, you only need a few ingredients to make these delicious bites. You'll need 1-3 eggs for the egg wash (plus a few splashes of milk), flour, bread crumbs (a flavor to your liking). I decided to add parmesan and paprika to my bread crumbs for some added flavor.
With the already cooked & chilled mac & cheese, I used an ice cream scoop to portion out 6 scoops. The scoops were too big for my liking, so I decided to make smaller ones. Now, don't be afraid to get your fingers dirty during this process! Going from egg wash, to flour, back to egg wash, and then bread crumbs is no dainty task. There will be lots of 'dredging', just like the recipe calls for.
Once you've got your chunk of mac & cheese covered in egg wash, drop it in your bowl of flour and roll it around until it's well coated.
Now, take your flour covered mac & cheese chunk and dunk it back into your egg wash. Clear off any hanging egg and dunk your chunk into your breadcrumb mix. Make sure it's well 'dredged' and completely covered. Repeat these steps with the rest of your mac & cheese.
Here comes the part I was dreading...the frying. I've come to a point in life where I get more "startled" than scared nowadays. But hot grease and a frying pan still scare me. I know what you're thinking. "This Southern woman is afraid of Crisco and a frying pan?" Yes. Yes I am. Let's not forget, I'm a baker, not a fryer. (Nor am I a friar. Ha! Jokes for dayssss.) Be sure to let the oil in the pan heat up before you submerge your chunks (I just feel this word is appropriate in this post, don't you think?). Sprinkle in a little bit of flour or leftover bread crumbs into the pan to test out the oil temp. If it bubbles and fries, you're good. If not, let it heat up a little more. (Set your stovetop on medium heat.)
You'll only need to let them brown for a few minutes on each side. Just be sure to watch them, turn over a time or two with a spoon until they're golden brown. (Be sure your oil does not overheat or burn...it'll give your bites a burnt taste.)
Carefully remove your fried mac & cheese bites and set them on a paper towel covered plate to drain some of the grease. Serve with a side of dipping sauce (I used marinara) and enjoy.
I really enjoyed these and they were super easy to make. The recipe I partially used can be found here and under the Recipe tab on the blog. I hope you all enjoy your mac & cheese bites and stop by tomorrow. I'll be showing you what I've been pinning lately! You know you love when I talk about Pinterest. ;)
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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