Ham and Cheddar Stuffed Macaroni Bites Recipe
Welcome to a delicious recipe that combines two of our most beloved comfort foods: mac and cheese and ham and cheese! These ham and cheddar stuffed macaroni bites are an easy and fun way to turn leftover macaroni into a tasty snack or even a party appetizer. The mac and cheese is stuffed with diced ham and shredded cheddar cheese, and then coated in breadcrumbs and fried to crispy perfection. They are cheesy, savory, and oh-so-satisfying!
- 2 cups macaroni
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 cup diced cooked ham
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Cook the macaroni according to package directions and drain well. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and stir until smooth.
- Gradually whisk in the milk and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture thickens.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the grated cheese until it’s melted and well combined.
- Add the diced ham and macaroni to the cheese sauce and mix well.
- Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Pour the macaroni mixture into the dish and smooth out the top. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
- Preheat the vegetable oil in a deep skillet or fryer to 350°F.
- Remove the macaroni mixture from the refrigerator. Cut it into small square or rectangular bites.
- In a shallow dish, mix together the beaten egg, salt, and black pepper.
- In another shallow dish, put the breadcrumbs.
- Dip each macaroni bite into the egg mixture, then coat in breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess.
- Fry the macaroni bites in the hot oil for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels.
- Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
Long Personal Introduction
Macaroni and cheese is one of the ultimate comfort foods. It’s the go-to dish for those days when we want to curl up on the couch and indulge in some serious cheesy goodness. But what if we could take it to the next level?
That’s where these ham and cheddar stuffed macaroni bites come in. They’re a fun twist on traditional mac and cheese, and they’re perfect for parties, potlucks, or even just a midday snack. Plus, they’re surprisingly easy to make!
The idea behind this recipe is simple: take leftover macaroni and cheese (because let’s be real, who doesn’t have leftovers?), stuff it with diced ham and shredded cheddar cheese, coat it in breadcrumbs, and fry until crispy. The end result is a bite-sized snack that’s savory, cheesy, and oh-so-satisfying.
But don’t be fooled by their size – these macaroni bites are packed with flavor. The creamy mac and cheese is studded with chunks of salty ham and melty cheddar cheese. And when you fry them up, the outside gets crispy and golden brown while the inside stays warm and gooey.
If you’re looking to impress your guests at your next party, these macaroni bites are a guaranteed hit. But be warned: they’re also addictively delicious and you might find yourself eating them all on your own!
So go ahead, take your mac and cheese game to the next level with this easy and delicious recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!