Fried Mac 'n' Cheese Balls


Fried Mac 'n' Cheese Balls

2 Hr
30 Min

The next time you invite your friends and family over to watch a game, set out a platter with Fried Mac 'n' Cheese Balls and get ready to watch them dive, dip, and lunge for these munchies! They're going to love the crispy coating and cheesy goodness in every bite!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (12-ounce) package frozen macaroni and cheese, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil

What to Do

  1. Using a small ice cream scoop or a teaspoon, shape macaroni and cheese into 1-inch balls and place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze 2 hours, or until firm.
  2. In a shallow dish, beat egg and water. In another shallow dish, combine bread crumbs, garlic powder, and pepper.
  3. In a deep saucepan over medium heat, heat oil until hot.
  4. Dip frozen balls into egg wash then roll in bread crumbs. In small batches, fry balls 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown and center is hot. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and serve immediately.


  • Keep remaining macaroni and cheese balls frozen until ready to fry.
  • If you have leftover macaroni and cheese, you can use that instead of the frozen. Just make sure it's chilled before rolling into balls.
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I used leftover homemade mac/cheese that was in refrigerator 24 hr so it was well chilled. Balls didn't stick together well (probably because my mac/cheese is quite different than store-bought types), but slicing it in 1/2" thick 2" x 2" squares and then breading and pan frying worked well. I enjoyed them plain or smothered in turkey gravy (along with sliced turkey tenderloin).

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YUM! made mine from left over maccheese and couldn't make them fast enough Great and simple appetizer. Thanks


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