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Overhead horizontal image of miniature baked macaroni appetizers on a crumpled piece of white parchment paper, with shredded cheddar cheese scattered on the surface, on a gray table.

Mini Mac and Cheese Bites


  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 48 bites 1x

Description

There’s nothing like the comfort of a tasty mini mac and cheese bite fresh out of the oven. The dish that you grew up with is now bite-sized.


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Ingredients

  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1/2 lb elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 4 oz)
  • 1 cup whole milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 4 oz)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Spray four 12-cup mini muffin pans with cooking oil spray. (If you only have one, just refill the pan and bake in batches.)
  2. Cook the macaroni according to package directions until al dente. Be sure to avoid overcooking, as the pasta will cook more while it bakes. Drain in a colander and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and continue cooking for 2 minutes while whisking constantly, to make a roux. Once golden brown, slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly. Continue to cook, whisking for 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk in both types of cheese until they are melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Whisk in egg, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and mustard powder. Stir in cooked macaroni and continue to stir until combined.
  5. Spoon macaroni into the muffin cups in slightly rounded tablespoons, gently pressing it into the cups.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pans for about 5 minutes. Gently loosen each bite from the cup using a butter knife, then lift from the pan. Serve warm.

Notes

Adapted from Food and Wine.

  • Category: Bite-Sized
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Appetizers

Keywords: macaroni and cheese, cheddar, mozzarella