Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

A kid friendly twist with flavorful mac & cheese- serve on sticks with dipping sauce.

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 1 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 5
  • servings 16
 

Ingredients

1
box (7 oz) Betty Crocker™ mac & cheese original
Margarine and milk called for on mac & cheese box
1
cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1 1/2
cups Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
Oil for frying

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Steps

  • 1 Make mac & cheese as directed on box. Stir in shredded cheese and 1/2 cup of the bread crumbs. Cover; refrigerate about 20 minutes or until firm.
  • 2 Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. Using 1/4-cup measuring cup, scoop mac & cheese mixture into balls; roll in remaining bread crumbs. Place on cookie sheet. Freeze 30 minutes.
  • 3 In deep fat fryer or heavy saucepan, heat 3 inches oil to 375°F. Fry balls in hot oil in small batches 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot with ranch dressing or barbecue sauce, if desired.
  • 1 Make mac & cheese as directed on box. Stir in shredded cheese and 1/2 cup of the bread crumbs. Cover; refrigerate about 20 minutes or until firm.
  • 2 Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. Using 1/4-cup measuring cup, scoop mac & cheese mixture into balls; roll in remaining bread crumbs. Place on cookie sheet. Freeze 30 minutes.
  • 3 In deep fat fryer or heavy saucepan, heat 3 inches oil to 375°F. Fry balls in hot oil in small batches 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot with ranch dressing or barbecue sauce, if desired.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

For a flavor boost, stir 1/2 cup fire-roasted tomatoes into the mac & cheese mixture after refrigerating.

A cheesy state fair favorite made easy with Betty Crocker® Mac & Cheese.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Ball
Calories
150
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
330mg
330%;
Total Carbohydrate
17g
17%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.