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Mac and Cheese Bites

March 19, 2012

I’ve got a really fun recipe for you all: Mac and Cheese Bites!

They’re kind of putzy to put together, but as a fun little thing I think making these every once in awhile would be fun. 🙂

The kids gobbled them up, and really who can blame them? Tiny, cheesy, handheld bites of macaroni ? Oh, yum! So, if you’re looking for something different and fun to do for dinner, give these Mac and Cheese Bites a try. You’ll love them!

Mac and Cheese Bites

recipe from FoodandWine.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of pasta (I used shells)
  • 3 T butter
  • 4 T flour
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of milk
  • 4 cups of cheese, shredded (I used a mix of cheddar, swiss, and mozzarella)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • non-stick spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a mini muffin pan with a non-stick spray, and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta until al dente. I cooked mine around 6 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. In the same pot you cooked your pasta, add your butter. On medium heat cook your butter until it’s melted, and then whisk in your flour. Continue whisking for 2 minutes.
  4. Whisk in your milk, and keep whisking another 5 minutes or until milk starts to boil.
  5. Add in your cheese, and mix until your cheese is melted.
  6. Take your cheese mixture off the heat, and mix in your egg yolks, and paprika.
  7. Mix in your pasta, and mix well or until everything is combined.
  8. In a small bowl, mix your breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese together.
  9. Using a tablespoon, spoon your mac and cheese into the mini muffin pan cups. Press down on the tops of the mac and cheese, and then sprinkle a little breadcrumb mixture on top of your mac and cheese.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
  11. Let mac and cheese bites cool at least 5 minutes before taking them out of the muffin cups. Then use a spoon to carefully lift the mac and cheese bites out.
  12. Enjoy!

— the Jilb

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