When you say mac & cheese to most people, they think of the boxed variety with the powdered orange cheese. It’s super cheap and easy to make, but tastes pretty gritty. So here’s a good twist on the traditional dish – mac & cheese bites. They still have the nostalgic orange color, and creaminess inside, but now they have a crunchy outside that bursts flavor into your mouth! The crunch comes from baking them into little muffin sized cups that are perfect for big hands as appetizers or little hands for dinner.
Mac & Cheese Bites
- 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1½ cups milk
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 egg beaten
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
- Cook pasta according to packaged directions and set aside.
- In a medium size pan combine butter and flour over medium heat. Whisk until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Slowly add milk and bring to a simmer. Add 1½ cups of the cheese, cream cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until smooth and creamy. Remove from heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, carefully stir pasta, cheese sauce, and egg until evenly mixed and pasta is evenly coated.
- Spoon mac and cheese into mini muffin tins and top each with a small pinch of remaining cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool 5 minutes before gently removing the bites. Enjoy!