Despite my best efforts I was snowed in all weekend. Even my flying monkeys couldn’t get out to the grocery store. Time to experiment with a new dish! The best cure for a snow day is comfort food and I’ve had deep fried mac and cheese in the back of my mind for a long time. After searching around the interwebs I found a couple good attempts, and found a great recipe here.
To make this a CwoC meal we need some modifications. First, the recipe calls for a lot of ingredients; moreover, some like Gruyère cheese, aren’t the cheapest. Secondly making Mac and Cheese from scratch is an enormous hassle. If you’ve ever tried making a bechamel sauce, you understand how time-consuming and difficult homemade mac can be.
My solution this weekend was to reuse some left over Velveeta mac and dress it up. You’ll want to add a splash of milk and stir the leftover mac and cheese to make it easier to shape. I tried adding some bacon and finely diced onion cooked till it’s just translucent. The only other element in the filling is a hint of paprika and cayenne pepper to taste.
Roll the cold mac and cheese mix into small balls, a little bigger than Swedish meatballs. Then dip the ball in a beaten egg and dredge though seasoned breadcrumbs.
The last step is simply frying the balls in vegetable oil. These fry up golden brown faster than you might think, so keep a close eye on them and rotate often. If you don’t, you’ll get burns on one side and cold mac inside on the other side!
Enjoy the snow and these Mac and Cheese Bites today!