Beef Bacon Fried Mac and Cheese Bites


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Prep Time

1 Hour

Cooking Time

20 Minutes

Total Time

1 Hour 20 Minutes

  • 200 grams of beef bacon

  • 500 grams of boiled pasta

  • 1/4 mozzarella cheese (grated)

  • 1/4 cheddar cheese (grated)

  • 1/4 cream cheese

  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 large eggs beaten together

  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • 1/4 pepper

  • Pinch of salt if it is needed

  • 3-4 cups canola, sunflower, or peanut oil

  • Minced fresh parsley, for garnish

  • Additional Stubb's Original Bar-B-Q sauce, for drizzling and dipping

  • 1 tsp minced dried rosemary

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    1- in a big bowl mix the mac and cheese together

    2- add the minced beef bacon on the mac and cheese

    3- add the minced garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper to the previous mixture

    4- Scoop large golf ball sized balls of the cold mac and cheese (an ice cream scoop works perfectly!), and use hands to form into complete ball shape.

    5- Place onto a wax paper lined plate or baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mac and cheese.

    6- Place the plate or baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes.

    7- Add oil to dutch oven or large heavy bottomed bot.

    8- Heat over MEDIUM heat until oil temperature measures 360 F degrees.

    9- While oil is heating up, add flour with 2 tsp of cornstarch , egg mixture and panko to three shallow bowls.

    10- To the panko bowl, add parsley, cayenne and a pinch of salt and pepper, stirring to combine.

    11- Line a baking sheet with paper towels and place a wire cooling rack on top; set aside.

    12- Remove Mac and cheese balls from the freezer and roll, one at a time, in flour (shaking off the excess), then dipping in egg mixture, then rolling (and pressing lightly to coat) in the panko mixture.

    13- Repeat with remaining balls.

    14- Place half the balls on a clean wax paper lined plate and refrigerate (or freeze), while frying the other half.

    ** You don’t want to let the balls get too warm, or they could start to fall apart during the frying process.

    15- Add Mac and cheese balls, 4-5 at a time to the hot oil, gently nudging the balls as they fry, so all sides are fried equally. Fry for approximately 3 minutes, or until golden brown.

    16- Gently remove fried balls and place onto the prepared wire rack to cool.

    **Repeat with any remaining balls.

    ** Serve hot, drizzled with a bit of Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce, sprinkled with parsley, and with extra BBQ sauce for dipping.

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