Fried Mac and Cheese Balls Recipe

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  1. Cook the macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain again and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour into the butter and stir it with a whisk. Cook for 2 minutes. Whisk the warmed milk into the flour mixture, working out any lumps. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the cheeses, and stir until melted and smooth; season with salt and pepper. Fold the cheese sauce into macaroni. Pour the mac and cheese into a shallow pan and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours.
  3. Shape the cold mac and cheese into meatball-sized balls and place them onto a waxed paper-lined tray. Freeze the balls overnight.
  4. Beat the eggs and 2 tablespoons milk together to form an egg wash and pour it into a shallow bowl. Put the bread crumbs into another shallow bowl. Remove the mac and cheese balls from the freezer. Dip the frozen balls into the egg wash then into the bread crumbs. Put the balls back into the freezer until you are ready to fry.
  5. Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer to 350 degrees F. Fry the mac and cheese balls until they are golden brown and center is hot, about 5 minutes. Serve hot with your favorite marinara or Alfredo sauce or combination or both for dipping.
  6. Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1178.92 Kcal (4936 kJ)
Calories from fat 498.5 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 55.39g 85%
Cholesterol 239.94mg 80%
Sodium 1953.07mg 81%
Potassium 627mg 13%
Total Carbs 105.99g 35%
Sugars 12.22g 49%
Dietary Fiber 5.35g 21%
Protein 60.94g 122%
Vitamin C 1.8mg 3%
Iron 6.4mg 35%
Calcium 1309.6mg 131%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 300.42 Kcal (1258 kJ)
Calories from fat 127.03 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.11g 85%
Cholesterol 61.14mg 80%
Sodium 497.7mg 81%
Potassium 159.78mg 13%
Total Carbs 27.01g 35%
Sugars 3.11g 49%
Dietary Fiber 1.36g 21%
Protein 15.53g 122%
Vitamin C 0.5mg 3%
Iron 1.6mg 35%
Calcium 333.7mg 131%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 27.4
  • 31

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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