Easy Macaroni and Cheese Bites Appetizer

sylvia bourque

By
@saleenasmom

Indulge in your favorite comfort food, minus the guilt, with our homemade macaroni and cheese bites. I've added toasted Panko, bacon and parsley to give this dish a gourmet edge.


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Serves:

24 bites

Cook:

20 Min

Method:

Bake

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Yum! These mac and cheese bites are delicious. The mix of Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses makes these bites nice and cheesy. I recommend adding the Dijon mustard, it gives a slight tang to the bites. Smokey bacon is the perfect topping. By coating the tins with breadcrumbs, they really do come out easy but it also adds a slight crunch to the mac and cheese. These will make a great party appetizer, but would also be yummy at a luncheon or for game night.

Ingredients

1 Tbsp
unsalted butter
1/4 c
Panko breadcrumbs, seasoned or plain
2 c
uncooked elbow macaroni
1
egg, beaten
2 c
shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided in half
1 c
shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4
strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/2 tsp
salt
1 tsp
Dijon mustard (optional)
1 c
whole milk
1 tsp
finely chopped parsley (1/2 tsp dry)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease mini muffin tin generously with butter. Coat insides of mini-muffin tin with breadcrumbs (to help the bites hold their shape).
2
Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and add macaroni. Cook 4-5 minutes, just until softened but not cooked through. Remove from heat, drain and return to pot.
3
Stir in butter and egg until pasta is evenly coated.
4
Mix in bacon, mustard, milk, salt, and cheeses (reserving 1 cup Jack cheese).
5
Then spoon into muffin tin, press filling gently with fingers (to help the bites hold their shape).
6
Top with reserved cheese.
7
Bake 15-20 minutes or until top is golden brown.
8
Allow muffins to cool slightly before removing from pan. Garnish with parsley and enjoy.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cheese Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American