Welcome to this tutorial on how to make delicious Mac and Cheese Balls! Whether you’re hosting a party or simply looking for a tasty snack, these cheesy bites are sure to please. Let’s get started!
- 2 cups macaroni pasta
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- A pinch of pepper and paprika (optional)
Step 1: Cook the Macaroni Pasta
In a large pot of boiling water, cook the macaroni pasta according to the instructions on the package. Drain the cooked pasta and set it aside.
Step 2: Prepare the Cheese Sauce
In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the milk, shredded cheddar cheese, salt, and any optional seasonings such as pepper and paprika. Stir continuously until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth.
Step 3: Combine Pasta and Cheese Sauce
Pour the cheese sauce over the cooked macaroni pasta and mix well until all the pasta is coated evenly.
Step 4: Shape into Balls
Scoop a small amount of the mac and cheese mixture using a spoon or an ice cream scoop. Roll it between your hands to form a ball shape. Repeat this process until all the mixture is used.
Step 5: Coat with Breadcrumbs
Pour the breadcrumbs onto a plate. Roll each mac and cheese ball in the breadcrumbs until fully coated.
Step 6: Fry or Bake
You have two options for cooking the mac and cheese balls:
- Fry: Heat oil in a deep skillet or pot. Fry the coated balls in batches until they turn golden brown.
Remove them from the oil and place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
- Bake: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Arrange the coated balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until they are crispy and golden brown.
Step 7: Serve and Enjoy!
Your Mac and Cheese Balls are now ready to be served! They can be enjoyed as is, or you can pair them with your favorite dipping sauce like marinara or ranch dressing. These cheesy bites make a great appetizer or party snack!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful and that you enjoy making these delicious Mac and Cheese Balls. Get creative with your seasonings or add some extra ingredients like bacon bits or jalapenos for an extra kick of flavor!
Note: Remember to let the balls cool down slightly before serving, as they can be very hot right out of the fryer or oven.