Another weekend is gone and another Monday is knocking at the front door.
I'm in denial. I feel like I should still be in bed and sleeping in until it's time for brunch. But alas, it's back to work we go since Monday is here. And today, I'm sharing a comfort food that makes even Mondays look good: fried macaroni and cheese bites!
Adam bought me this awesome deep fryer (affiliate link) last week, and ever since I got my hands on it I've been experimenting and concocting some stellar recipes. Today I'm sharing my fried macaroni and cheese bites--they are soooo good, and if you ask me they're totally worth the calories!
Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites
- 2 cups of macaroni and cheese
- 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 cups of balanced extra virgin olive oil (we buy local from Queen Creek Olive Mill)
- Cook your macaroni and cheese (need a macaroni and cheese recipe?)
- Remove your macaroni and cheese from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.
- Form macaroni and cheese into 1 inch wide balls with the palms of your hand. Place the macaroni and cheese balls onto a baking sheet, and put them into the freezer for 20-25 minutes to allow them to chill and keep their shape.
- Beat 1 egg in a small bowl, and lay your Italian bread crumbs flat onto a plate.
- Remove your macaroni and cheese balls from the freezer, and dredge them in egg. Shake the excess egg from the macaroni and cheese balls, and then roll them in the bread crumbs.
- Place the breaded macaroni and cheese balls back onto the baking sheet, and put them back into the freezer for an additional 15 minutes.
- Heat your oil in either a deep fryer like this one (affiliate link), or fill 1/3 of a large stovetop pot with extra virgin olive oil.
- Remove breaded macaroni and cheese balls from the freezer, and carefully place them into the heated oil (once oil is bubbling). Fry the macaroni and cheese balls until your desired darkness, and then remove from the oil.
- Set aside the fried macaroni and cheese bites on a paper towel to collect the excess oil.
- Serve after the macaroni and cheese bites have cooled for 2-3 minutes.
Also just as a side note: I've been dying to try frying up some yummy food with my oil from Queen Creek Olive Mill! Remember when I toured their olive mill? Read the whole summary of my tour for all of the details! The Balanced Extra Virgin Olive Oil is my favorite--I've used it for so many recipes ever since I got it, and I'm glad I could finally incorporate into a deep fryer recipe as well.
What other kinds of food do you like deep fried?