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Fried Mac & Cheese

Fried Mac & Cheese -a delicious appetizer!
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fried Mac & Cheese
Servings: 36 Mac & Cheese Balls
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 1/2 lb elbow macaroni
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk, warmed plus 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 lb cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 lb smoked gouda
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Optional: Marinara sauce for dipping


  • Cook macaroni according to directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  • In a pan, melt the butter over medium heat and sprinkle in the flour. Whisk together. Cook for 2 minutes. 
  • Add in warmed milk and stir to get rid of lumps. Cook until sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add in cheese, stir until melted and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Pour cheese over macaroni and stir to combine.
  • Pour into a shallow pan and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Form macaroni and cheese into balls using a cookie or ice cream scoop. Place on a wax papper lined cookie sheet and freeze overnight.
  • Mix together egg and 1 Tbsp milk to make a wash in a shallow bowl. Mix bread crumbs and seasoning together and place in a shallow bowl. Dip macaroni and cheese balls into egg and then cover with bread crumb mixture.
  • Heat oil to 350 degrees and fry macaroni and cheese balls until they are golden brown and cooked through. About 5 minutes.
  • *Serve with marinara sauce. Extra can be stored in the freezer


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 47mg | Vitamin A: 2.5% | Calcium: 10.8% | Iron: 2.3%