Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

barbara lentz


Comfort at it's finest. Do a day ahead appetizer. Frozen balls work best for dredging.


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depends on size of balls
30 Min
10 Min
Deep Fry


  • 1 lb
    elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 c
    warm milk
  • 1 lb
    grated smoked gouda
  • 1 lb
    grated cheddar cheese
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large
  • 3 c
    panko bread crumbs
  • ·
    oil for frying
  • ·
    marinara or alfredo sauce for dipping

How to Make Fried Mac and Cheese Balls


  1. Cook macaroni, drain well.
  2. In saucepan melt the butter and add the flour stirring to make a roux. Slowly add in the warm milk stirring constantly until thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and add the cheeses. Stir until melted.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the macaroni
  5. Refrigerate until cold. Roll into balls and freeze overnight.
  6. Beat the eggs with a little milk and set in a dish. Put bread crumbs in separate dish. Dredge the frozen mac balls in egg wash and then roll in bread crumbs.
  7. Deep fry at 350 degrees until golden. Serve with dipping sauce.

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About Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

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

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