Deep-Fried Macaroni and Cheese Balls are the new must-have recipe at your dinner table. Fun, light, and filled with a customizable family favorite!
OK, admit it. We are all guilty of a bit of overindulgence for the holidays.
See the web story for deep-fried mac and cheese here.
And why not? It’s sweater weather and we can hit the gym hard in January. But while the calendar is flipping through the feast-laden holidays, I will be the first to admit that I am going back for a slice of pie or saving room for just one more bite every single time.
I try to play it cool, putting just a bit of each of my favorite things on the plate, knowing I lack the necessary willpower to turn down a second trip to see what else I must try. Thinking that I am saving myself by just one or two bites here and there.
But, eventually, I have to surrender to defeat knowing that that last bite was the oh-so-worth-it-creamy-delicious-buttery-one that sent it over the top. Overindulging again. Yep, I’ll be at the gym every day in January and it will be worth it.
I mean, deep fried mac and cheese balls alone make it worth it.
This year, I am mixing up my holiday menu and adding in some fun twists to the options. Deep-fried macaroni and cheese recipes have been on my radar for some time, and it seems like the perfect meal to test them out on. No spooning piles of creamy mac and cheese onto the plate. Let everyone grab a ball and pop through the crust to find that melted cheesy pasta on their own!
Bonus, you can use whatever your favorite mac and cheese recipe is for this OR mix it up with additional fillings. Try adding bacon, hot sausage, or even shredded chicken to the deep-fried mac and cheese balls for bonus flavor. Swirl in some veggies or heck toss in some added veggie power by using this creamy cauliflower version (no one will know, promise)
What’s on your Thanksgiving menu? Are you prepped and ready for just one more bite?
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Deep Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
- 1 lbs bacon cooked drained and crumbled
- 2 lbs mac and cheese see notes for my favorite mac and cheese recipes to use
- 2 eggs whisked
- 4 cups breadcrumbs
- Vegetable oil for frying
- In a large bowl, mix the crumbled bacon into the macaroni and cheese.
- Cover and chill for 6 hours in the refrigerator.
- Set up your rolling station by arranging the eggs in a large bowl next to a bowl with the breadcrumbs.
- Remove from fridge and with your hands or a large cookie scoop, form the mac and cheese into tight balls. You will have between 12 and 16 balls depending on how big you make them.
- Working one at a time, dip each ball into the eggs, turning to coat evenly. Drain any excess.
- Transfer to the breadcrumbs and roll the mac and cheese ball in the bread crumbs, coating evenly.
- Place the breadcrumb coated mac and cheese ball onto a baking sheet.
- Repeat the steps as needed.
- Arrange the baking sheet in the freezer to allow the balls to freeze in a single layer.
- After freezing for at least 4 hours, you can store the balls in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to fry.
- When ready to fry, fill a large heavy-bottomed pot with oil, leaving 2 inches from the surface of the oil to the top of the pot for safety.
- Heat the oil over medium-low heat until hot enough to fry.
- Preheat the oven to the warm setting, or 180 degrees.
- With a long-handled slotted spoon, dip a macaroni and cheese ball in. Fry, rolling as needed, until golden brown all over.
- Carefully remove the macaroni and cheese ball from the oil with a slotted spoon and set on a rack over a baking sheet to drain. Keep warm in the preheated oven.
- Repeat the steps, adding no more than 3 balls at a time, to keep the oil temp even, until all of the macaroni and cheese balls are fried. Allow to the last ball to cool at least 3 minutes before serving.
- Sprinkle the deep fried macaroni and cheese with salt and serve hot.