My favorite comfort food of all time is macaroni and cheese. There is just something that takes me back home to my childhood every time I make it. My Grandmothers and my Mama always made it from scratch, never from a box, and each one had their own little “this or that” they would put in their recipe to make each dish just a little different. It was always a part of our Christmas dinner growing up and I still serve it to my family on Christmas Day out of tradition.
Most of the time I freeze our leftovers in single portions to pull out and reheat later, but every now and then I like to fry it up. I started making this a few years back and my family just loves it. They are bite size morsels of goodness as my husband would say and are so easy to make.
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Fried Mac and Cheese Bites
cold leftover mac and cheese (about a quarter of the pan)
1/3 C. Italian bread crumbs
1/3 C. panko bread crumbs
1 large egg
2 T. milk
1/2 C. all purpose flour
vegetable oil for frying (I used my deep fryer)
Take the leftover mac and cheese and cut it into 1” squares (mine came out to be 14 squares). Combine the bread crumbs and panko on a plate. Place the flour in a small bowl. Beat the egg and milk in another bowl. Take each square and coat with the plain flour, dip into the egg mixture then roll in the breadcrumb/panko mixture. Place on a plate and continue with remaining squares. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees. If you don’t have a deep fryer, heat about 1 1/2” of oil in a heavy bottom skillet. Drop each square in the oil (about 5 at a time) and cook till golden brown all over, approx. 3-4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and continue with remaining squares.