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Three Cheese Elbow Bites

Welcome your guests by serving these cheesy baked bites made using bacon and macaroni. Perfect appetizer for Halloween.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 5 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 34
 

Ingredients

1 3/4
cups uncooked elbow macaroni (8 oz)
2
tablespoons butter or margarine
2
tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon salt
1 3/4
cups milk
1 1/2
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1
oz blue cheese, crumbled (1/4 cup)
6
slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled (1/3 cup)
3/4
cup soft bread crumbs
3
tablespoons chopped fresh chives

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Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 34 mini muffin cups with cooking spray. In 3-quart saucepan, cook and drain macaroni as directed on package; return to saucepan.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in flour and salt. Cook and stir until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Stir in 3/4 cup of the Cheddar cheese until melted. Stir in Parmesan cheese, blue cheese and bacon until blended. Pour over macaroni, stirring until well mixed.
  • 3 Spoon mixture into mini muffin cups, filling full. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese.
  • 4 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with chives. Remove from pans.
  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 34 mini muffin cups with cooking spray. In 3-quart saucepan, cook and drain macaroni as directed on package; return to saucepan.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in flour and salt. Cook and stir until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Stir in 3/4 cup of the Cheddar cheese until melted. Stir in Parmesan cheese, blue cheese and bacon until blended. Pour over macaroni, stirring until well mixed.
  • 3 Spoon mixture into mini muffin cups, filling full. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese.
  • 4 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with chives. Remove from pans.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Use a sharp paring knife to help release baked macaroni cups from pans.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
80
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
),
Sodium
159mg
159%;
Total Carbohydrate
6g
6%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 High-Fat Meat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.