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4 mac and cheese bites on teal colored plate

Mac and Cheese Bites


  • Author: amycaseycooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x

Description

If you love macaroni and cheese then you will love these mini mac and cheese bites. Make these delicious and adorable 2 bite snacks in a mini muffin pan.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons salted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, packed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons panko

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 24-count, nonstick mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 30 seconds. Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Cook, whisking occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Add cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and stir to melt.
  4. Stir in the salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and mustard.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the egg yolks and macaroni.
  6. Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of macaroni and cheese into the prepared mini muffin pan. I like this medium cookie scoop. Pack each one down gently.
  7. Melt 2 teaspoons of butter in a small saute pan. Add 2 tablespoons of panko. Stir occasionally until panko becomes golden brown. Remove from heat.
  8. Sprinkle bites with toasted panko.
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden and sizzling.
  10. Let cool 5 or so minutes in the pan. This will ensure the bites stay together.
  11. Using a teaspoon, carefully loosen the mac and cheese bites and transfer to a platter to serve.

Notes

  1. To make ahead, prepare the bites to right before baking (Step 8 above). Cover the pan with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours. Pull the pan out of the fridge at party time. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.
  2. Mac and Cheese Bites are tasty hot out of the oven or at room temperature.
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: stove top and bake in oven
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 mac & cheese bite
  • Calories: 93
  • Sugar: 0.8 g
  • Sodium: 141 mg
  • Fat: 4.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.9 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.2 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 30 mg

Keywords: mac and cheese bites, mini macaroni and cheese, snacks

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