What could be better then macaroni and cheese as a finger food? Liven up any party with these delicious bites of baked mac and cheese.
You Will Need:
*8-oz. package uncooked elbow macaroni
*3 tablespoons of I Cant Believe Its Not Butter!
*½ cup flour (all-purpose or self-rising)
*2 cups milk
*1 teaspoon salt
*¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
*1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
*2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
*¾ cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
*¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
*2 eggs, well beaten
*½ cup milk
Cook 8-oz. package of elbow macaroni according to package directions.
While macaroni is cooking, melt 3 tsp I Cant Believe Its Not Butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Gradually whisk in ¼ cup flour until smooth. Cook and whisk for about 1 min. If it becomes lumpy, lower heat and continue whisking. You will be able to work the lumps out.
Gradually whisk in 2 cups milk, and then 1 tsp salt, ¼ tsp ground red pepper, and 1/8 tsp garlic powder. Cook, whisking constantly for about 5 min, until thick. Stir in 2 cups cheddar cheese until melted and smooth.
Prepare a 13-in x 9-in x 2-in Pyrex dish by lining it with plastic wrap, letting wrap overhang all sides. Pour macaroni and cheese mix into prepared baking dish. Let it sit at room temperature to cool slightly; then, cover with the overhanging plastic wrap and chill 8 hours
Remove plastic wrap, and cut stiffened macaroni and cheese mixture into 1-inch squares. To make coating mix, stir together ¾ cup breadcrumbs and ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese in shallow dish. Use an electric mixer to beat 2 eggs and ½ cup milk, placing the mixture in another shallow dish.
Dip macaroni and cheese squares into the egg mix, and then the breadcrumb mixture.
Heat about 1 inch of peanut oil in a heavy, medium-sized pot to about 350 degrees. Fry macaroni and cheese bites, a few at a time, until golden brown. Place them on a tray covered with paper toweling t