Introduction: Atomic Mac'N'Cheese Bites

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Atomic Mac'N'Cheese Bites are the prefect football snack! They are also great as a party appetizer for heat craving friends and family, or a great snack if your feeling rather spicy! These comfort food poppers are creamy, cheesy, and perfectly spiced to heat up any atmosphere. Did I mention they super easy and deep fried to crunchy perfection?!? Its a great way to use up that left over macaroni and cheese you made the kids! They're so scrumptious, you might have to make a double batch!

You'll need:

  • 2 cups leftover macaroni and cheese, refrigerated (I used Kraft)
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (I used Frank's)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbs flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Step 1: Make the Atomic Filling

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Mix your macaroni and cheese, hot sauce, cheese, cayenne, and 2 tbs of flour in a medium bowl until evenly distributed.

Step 2: Form the Mac'N'Cheese Bites

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Take about 2 tbs of the mixture and squeeze it to compress the filling. Roll it around to form a ball and place on a sheet pan. If you find it's sticking to your hands or not rolling nicely, dampen your hands with a touch of cold water. It's okay if a piece of macaroni is sticking out a bit, it doesn't need to be perfect! Repeat this process with the remaining mixture. You should make about 16 - 1 1/2 in balls. Chill the balls in the refrigerator for 1 hour to let them set up.

Step 3: Make Your Dredging Station

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You will need 3 small bowls. In the first bowl put the remaining 1/2 cup of flour. In the second, whisk the egg with the milk. Finally, in the third bowl mix the breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Arrange the bowls in a line: flour, egg, breadcrumbs.

Step 4: Coat the Macaroni

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Remove the macaroni balls from the refrigerator. Take one ball and give it a quick squeeze and roll to finalize the shape. Roll it in the flour, shaking off the excess. Then, dunk it into the egg wash. Finally, roll it into the bread crumbs and place back on the sheet. Repeat with the remaining balls. TIP!: Use one hand for the flour and breadcrumbs, and the other for the egg wash or you will end up with super coated finger tips!

Step 5: Fry 'em Up!

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Heat a deep fryer to 325 degrees. If you don't have a deep fryer, you can fill a small sauce pan 2/3 full with oil and monitor the temperature with a candy thermometer. Fry the balls in batches for 2-3 minutes until the coating reaches a deep golden color. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels for 5 minutes. Now, eat them!! If they are a bit too spicy for your liking, you can dip them in a little ranch or blue cheese dressing.


ashleyjlong (author)2015-12-11

I'll have to give these a try! That is...if I ever have a day when I don't eat the entire box of mac n' cheese in one sitting and have leftovers...

MaddieJ3 (author)ashleyjlong2015-12-15

Hahaha! I make a double batch of mac just so I KNOW I will have leftovers ;)

mrsnone made it! (author)2015-11-23

This batch made 16 golf ball sized bites.. I also added some real bacon bits.. and the biggest kicker.. it was GLUTEN FREE! I used gluten free mac n cheese, gluten free rice flour, and gluten free bread crumbs! My daughter was in heaven! She ate 6!!

MaddieJ3 (author)mrsnone2015-11-24

So glad you loved them! I was about to make some mac and cheese last night because I was craving them (and no more leftovers!) I settled with premade taquitos instead.

junebeauty6599 (author)2015-11-18

Hello, these look amazing!! However, I have a wheat-intolerance, and cannot eat anything that contains "gluten", mono-sodium glut-mate(MSG) and just wheat in general. I am wondering if you have any tips on how i could make this with gluten free noodles (which can become soggy easily) and not have it be too "Mushy" inside. Feed back or suggestions please?? My entire family is gluten free and we all adore mac and cheese. thank you

mrsnone made it! (author)junebeauty65992015-11-23

I just made these last night.. used GF mac n cheese.. GF rice flour, and GF bread crumbs! (I also used real bacon bits to make it cheddar/bacon bites!) They were awesome! My 15 year old is celiac disease for 2 years now.. she LOVED them and had like 6 by herself!

MaddieJ3 (author)mrsnone2015-11-23

Wow, thank you for the experiment! I don't have to cook gluten free, so I had no idea how to substitute ect. The seem like they came out great! Did you also omit the hot sauce and spices? How was the texture? The other reader was concerned about it being mushy.

mrsnone (author)MaddieJ32015-11-24

Nope I used everything in the recipe! If you cook the noodles just a bit less time so they are a little al' dente', they will not be soggy after frying... the process of frying actually helps cook them the rest of the way. Not mushy at all! Like I stated earlier though.. one tip I found helpful is to make all your balls (flour, egg wash, then bread crumbs) and lay them on a sheet pan or something before frying and then drop them all in about the same time so you have consistent cooking time. I had a small deeper skillet to cook them in (no deep fryer) and put 1 1/2 - 2" of oil in the pan. Ranch dip was used in the small bowl.

MaddieJ3 (author)mrsnone2015-11-24

Great, well problem solved! I noticed you keep mentioning placing them on a sheet after coating but before frying. That is part of the instructable already. I'm not sure if you're referring to something else, or missed that part.

mrsnone (author)MaddieJ32015-11-24

well I am one to not read all the direction lol.. I missed that step in my reading oops.. so .. no there wasn't an additional step.. just me.

MaddieJ3 (author)mrsnone2015-11-24

No problem! Just shows great minds think alike ;) haha

MaddieJ3 (author)junebeauty65992015-11-19

Oh golly! Honestly, I have like no experience working gluten free. I can however, do some research and experiments, and get back to you! (This make take a while) If you play around with it yourself in the mean time, please share your results! I know this day and age tons of people are having that issue. I'm sorry I don't have an immediate answer! :(

jon_chalk (author)2015-11-13

Mmmm. Looking forward to this tasty treat. - very well documented. Looks very easy to make.

MaddieJ3 (author)jon_chalk2015-11-13

Super easy!! Hardest part is waiting for them to chill and set! Please post pictures when you make them! :)

mrsnone (author)MaddieJ32015-11-23

I know right! I had to make the mac n cheese.. then let it cool off in the fridge.. then mix the stuff and make balls.. then chill again for an hour lol.. My only tip.. make a tray to set your 'coated' balls before putting them in the oil.. so you can get them all cooking about the same amount of time. By the time I got the skillet full, it was time to take the first one dropped out.

jbrickley made it! (author)2015-11-17

I made these today, I don't like spicy stuff so I left the hot sauce and the pepper out. They were absolutely amazing!!

mrsnone made it! (author)jbrickley2015-11-23

When I made these.. I used Taco Bell hot sauce (not the OMG you're killing me sauce, but the hot sauce).. and a small packet of cayenne pepper (like what you get from oriental restaurants).. and it wasn't overly spicy at all.. and I am also not a spicy fan.. (I also added real bacon bits!) YUM! (and they are gluten free!)

MaddieJ3 (author)jbrickley2015-11-18

They look great! Glad you loved them!

kcriss (author)2015-11-19

so yummy, love it ;)

MaddieJ3 (author)kcriss2015-11-19

Thank you!

grannyjones (author)2015-11-17

Leftover Mac and cheese? What's that?

MaddieJ3 (author)grannyjones2015-11-18

I know right?!? I like to make an extra box when I make Mac' and Cheese so I have some on hand for a quick heat, or a scrumptious treat like these. ;) You can always make a box and spread it onto a sheet pan and pop it into the freezer to cool down quickly if you don't have any leftovers.

ilienalien (author)2015-11-17

These look super tasty but unfortunately I don't have a deep fat fryer anymore. :/ Do you think baking them at 350 for about fifteen minutes would work?

MaddieJ3 (author)ilienalien2015-11-17

I have a deep fryer, but I usually choose to just heat oil in a small sauce pan as pictured in the 'able to avoid lugging it out and filling it with tons of oil. I then jar the extra oil for future use, no waste! Then, I monitor the temperature with a candy thermometer. I haven't tried baking them, but If you insist on baking (I know..its so much healthier!) I would agree with 350 for 15-20 minutes, turning half way through. If you try it, let me know your outcome!!

TeresaM7 (author)2015-11-17

Oh, my. I hear my arteries clogging just at the thought. But sooooooo worth it!

MaddieJ3 (author)TeresaM72015-11-17

Totally worth it! Nom nom nom! Let me know how you like it! :)

Dr The BoB (author)2015-11-17

I can't be sure, but this recipe looks like it would be a wonderful cure for the dreaded munchies. :) Can't wait to try it out!

MaddieJ3 (author)Dr The BoB2015-11-17

They certainly satisfy my hunger! And there weren't any left in the morning.. (Someone munched on them during the night) This is why I say you might want to make a double batch, haha!

minkyrocky (author)2015-11-15

great recipe and I can't wait to try it! is it "flower" or "flour"?

MaddieJ3 (author)minkyrocky2015-11-15

!! I don't know what I was thinking! Good catch, thanks!

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