Atomic Mac'N'Cheese Bites




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

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

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

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

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!

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.

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17 Discussions

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...

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

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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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!!

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

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

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!

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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!

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

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