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Fried Macaroni and Cheese that has been pulled apart with a fork on a black plate.

Deep Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

Fried Mac and Cheese Balls are the new must have recipe at your dinner table. Fun, light, and filled with a customizable family favorite!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chilling time 6 hours
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 562kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 1103mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 3.6mg