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Macaroni and Cheese Bites

Knock em' dead at your next party with these mac and cheese bites. We also made a nice barbecue aioli (fancy talk for mayo based sauce).
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mac and cheese bites
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 15 Bites


  • 8 Ounces Macaroni Noodles
  • 1 ½ Cups of Milk Room temperature or warmed
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Mustard
  • ¼ Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups of Shredded Cheddar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • ½ Cup Italian Seasoning Bread Crumbs
  • ½ Cup Mayo
  • ¼ Cup BBQ Sauce We used Sweet Baby Rays


  • In a small bowl mix the mayo and bbq sauce. Put the sauce in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Take a large pot of salted water and bring it to a boil. Cook the macaroni noodles for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
  • While the noodles are cooking make the cheese sauce. In a medium pot on medium high heat add the butter and flour. Cook for about 1 minute.
  • Then add the room temperature or warmed milk. (See note) Add the ground mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and salt. Mix sauce occasionally until sauce thickens. About 5 minutes.
  • Add the shredded cheese and mix until the cheese is completely melted.
  • In a baking pan add the cooked noodles and pour the cheese sauce on top. Mix until combined. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  • When ready to cook preheat a large pot with oil to 360 degrees.
  • In a small bowl whisk the eggs and milk. In another small bowl add the bread crumbs. Set aside.
  • Take the macaroni and cheese out of the fridge and scoop about ¼ cup out. Using your hands compress the macaroni and cheese to form a ball. (See note)
  • Dip the ball into the egg mixture. Then dip it into the bread crumbs.
  • Fry each bite for about 1-3 minutes. These will fry fast. (See note)
  • Lay the cooked macaroni and cheese bites on a plate lined with paper towel. Serve with the sauce. Enjoy!


  • To get a smooth cheese sauce you want to make sure the milk is not cold or straight from the fridge. You can microwave the milk in a bowl for about 1 minute or until the milk is about room temperature.
  • My husband helped form the balls and according to him the balls became easier to make since he had extra breading on his hands. When you first start you might think these won’t work. With the extra breading it helps the macaroni and cheese stick together.
  • Don’t over crowd the pot. You don’t want the temperature to drop too much. No one likes mushy oily foods.
  • These bites were good at room temperature.
Store the bites in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
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