Mac and Cheese Bites at Home

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Mac and Cheese Bites


Restaurant Appetizer at Home: Mac and Cheese Bites

Restaurant appetizers made at home not only save you big money, but also allow you to know what is going into your belly.  So when I had a bunch of homemade macaroni and cheese leftover, my mind instantly went to Mac and Cheese Bites.  I’ve had these at restaurants, from fast food to fancier chain restaurants, and I’ve loved them every time.  I knew I could make them just as good, with homemade ingredients, and my family would love them too.  All it takes is a good mac and cheese, a little time, and some easy tips and tricks.

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Mac and Cheese Bites Easy Ingredients

You can use any mac and cheese that you have for Mac and Cheese Bites, but I love using a homemade mac and cheese.  The creamier, the better for this recipe.  It can be any flavor you like too.  Next time I make these, I’m going to make them with Autumn Mac and Cheese for a change up.  The trick to perfect Mac and Cheese Bites is in the making.  Start with cold mac and cheese, form it into balls, then freeze it!  It makes the perfect base to bread, and everything warms up as it fries in peanut oil.  I roll my Mac and Cheese Bites in an egg and milk wash, the in panko breadcrumbs for the perfect crispy coating.

Mac and Cheese Bites at Home

Mac and Cheese Bites at Home


  • 3 C leftover mac and cheese, cold
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ C milk
  • 2 C panko breadcrumbs
  • oil for frying (I use peanut)


  1. Form the mac and cheese into 1 inch balls. Place on a parchment covered baking sheet and freeze for about an hour.
  2. Whisk the eggs and milk in a bowl.
  3. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl.
  4. Heat the peanut oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan or stockpot over medium-high heat, until the oil reaches about 350 degrees F.
  5. Roll the frozen mac and cheese in the egg mixture, then in the breadcrumbs.
  6. Immediately place in the hot oil, turning as necessary. Cook until golden brown.
  7. Remove to a paper towel covered plate.
  8. Serve hot.

Flavoring Mac and Cheese Bites

You can add all kinds of flavors to your Mac and Cheese Bites.  Crispy cooked bacon crumbled in the mac and cheese before forming into balls adds a wonderful salty, smoky flavor, and who doesn’t love bacon?  You can also use ham, more cheese (try smoked cheeses), or top the whole thing with some pub cheese sauce that you can buy with dips in the grocery store.  You can also serve these with salsa, ranch dressing, or anything else you love.  Possibilities are endless with Mac and Cheese Bites.


  1. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday last week!
    I hope you hop over and share with us again this week!

  2. What awesome little treats, we will just love your Mac and Cheese Bites! Thanks for helping us celebrate Three Years at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. These look super yummy! thanks for sharing :)

  4. They look great!

    Thanks for joining the WWDParty! Please be sure to link to us in the future! We want to spread the word AND be able to feature and pin great posts like this!

  5. I just gained 5 lbs just looking at the pics on your sidebar! Thank you for linking up with us at #WWDParty – have a wonderful weekend!

  6. wow! I ‘m pinning this to make for a party! This looks so yummy!! Thanks for sharing it.
    I can’t wait until I can make it!

  7. This looks amazing!! Found you at Chef in Training. I am one of the hostesses of Tasty Tuesdays and would love you to stop by and link up this recipe if you have not yet already. Here is the link

  8. Jacqui Odell says:

    These look so yummy!! My girls love mac and cheese. I should really try this. Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. I hope you will hop over and join us next week.

  9. I have never tried fried mac and cheese but I have heard about it. Thanks for the recipe

  10. Oh, yum. This is the first time I have heard of macaroni and cheese bites. Wondering how deep the oil should be (I’m not one to do a lot of frying, but these sound so good.)
    I would love for you to stop by and share on my weekly recipe link up, Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen. Here is the link to this week’s linky:

  11. yum yum yum yum yum!
    How could you possibly go wrong?
    Fried macaroni and cheese in bite size bits?

    yes, please!

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