easy macaroni and cheese bites appetizer

★★★★☆ 2
a recipe by
sylvia bourque
Moncton, NB

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.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★☆ 2
serves 24 bites
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For easy macaroni and cheese bites appetizer

  • 1 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c
    Panko bread crumbs, 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
  • 1 tsp
    Dijon mustard (optional)
  • 1 c
    whole milk
  • 1 tsp
    finely chopped parsley (1/2 tsp dry)

How To Make easy macaroni and cheese bites appetizer

  • Mini muffin pans greased.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease mini muffin tin generously with butter or non-stick spray.
  • Bread crumbs coating the tins.
    Coat insides of mini-muffin tin with bread crumbs (to help the bites hold their shape).
  • Cooking the macaroni.
    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.
  • Butter and egg stirred into the pasta.
    Stir in butter and egg until pasta is evenly coated.
  • Bacon, mustard, milk, salt, and cheeses being mixed in.
    Mix in bacon, mustard, milk, salt, and cheeses (reserving 1 cup Jack cheese).
  • Spooned into muffin tins and topped with cheese.
    Then spoon into muffin tin, press filling gently with fingers (to help the bites hold their shape). Top with reserved cheese.
  • Mac and cheese bites baking in the oven.
    Bake 15-20 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  • Mac and cheese bites cooling.
    Allow muffins to cool slightly before removing from pan. Garnish with parsley and enjoy.