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Deep Fried Mac and Cheese

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Deep Fried Mac and Cheese: Creamy macaroni and melty cheese coated in a crispy, crunchy batter. Satisfy your craving with this tasty appetizer!

a deep fried macaroni and cheese fritter being dipped into a bowl of marinara sauce.

 

I love deep frying unexpected things like pickles and lasagna  sa well as the classics like fish. This recipe takes a classic and deep-fries it right up. Mac and cheese is my all-time favorite comfort food so it was only natural I'd decide to fry it up too! Bad day, tired, winter blues? It will fix me right up.

 

Deep Fried Mac and Cheese

This Deep Fried Mac and Cheese is something else though! Hands up if you like the crispy edges! These are like those on steroids!

The creamy comfort food you love on the inside with a crispy flavorful batter. The combination of flavors/textures is ah-mazing.

I like to dip mine in a generous amount of marinara. Ranch is awesome with these too!

a black plate with a deep fried mac and cheese ball with a bowl of marinara sauce in the background.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Don't be afraid to work in batches with these. You don't want to crowd the pan, and end up with soggy fritters! (But let's be honest you know I'd gobble them down anyway).

2. When dredging your mac and cheese , use one hand for the flour, and one for the eggs/bread crumbs. This will stop you from turning into a sticky monster.RAWR

3. I like frying with peanut oil because it's flavorless, and doesn't take on the flavor of what you fry in it. This means you can save in it a sealed container, and reuse it. Beer Battered Cod today Fried Pork Sandwich tomorrow! Fried food all day everyday!

an overhead view of a black plate with 4 mac and cheese balls with a bowl of marinara in the center.

Trivia Tid Bits

  1. The first known recipe for macaroni and cheese was first found in a cookbook in the 1300s, clearly a timeless favorite.
  2. S'Mac in New York City is a restaurant dedicated to just you guessed it mac and cheese. Bucket list worthy!
  3. Kraft sells more than 1 million boxes of their blue box favorite each day!!

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Deep Fried Mac and Cheese

Creamy macaroni and melty cheese coated in a crispy, crunchy batter. Satisfy your craving with this tasty appetizer!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 37 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 282kcal

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Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs Beaten and Divided
  • 4 Cups Cooked Elbow Macaroni
  • 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • Flour & Seasoned Breadcrumbs For Dredging
  • Peanut Oil For Frying
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Cook and drain macaroni according to package directions.
  • In a large bowl, combine cooked macaroni ,cheddar cheese,2 eggs, sour cream,butter salt, and milk.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes.
  • In a large dutch oven heat peanut oil to 350 degrees F.
  • Form mac and cheese into balls then dredge in flour, 2 eggs, and bread crumbs.
  • Fry for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 573IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 1mg
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adapted via Paula Deen

a deep fried mac and cheese ball cut in half with a white bowl of marinara sauce in the background.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These mac and cheese bites are AMAZING and so delicious! We absolutely loved these and are so excited to make these again. We added some chopped up bacon bits and they were so TASTY! Big hit here and will be made again!

  2. 5 stars
    These make my family so happy!! There isn't anything better than macaroni that's been fried! They are a party favorite!