Fried Macaroni and Cheese

FRIED MACARONI AND CHEESE

This is a recipe for fried macaroni and cheese that was developed by Paula Deen.  My first reaction to fried macaroni and cheese was “I don’t know about this”, however after tasting some of these nuggets, I was hooked.  They are crunchy on the outside and soft and creamy with the macaroni and cheese mixture on the inside. 

Deep Fried Mac and Cheese

INGREDIENTS

 Peanut oil, for frying

1 recipe “The Lady’s Cheesy Mac” prepared, chilled in the refrigerator overnight, and cut into 15 bite-sized squares, recipe follows

Flour, for dredging

1 egg, beaten

Plain bread crumbs, for dredging

PREPARATION

Heat 2 inches of oil in a large, heavy Dutch oven to 350 degrees F.

Dredge each Cheesy Mac square in flour, then egg, and then bread crumbs to coat. Fry for about 1 minute on each side until golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving.

“The Lady’s Cheesy Mac”:
4 cups cooked elbow macaroni, drained
2 cups grated Cheddar
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Once you have the macaroni cooked and drained, place in a large bowl and while still hot, add the Cheddar. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and add to the macaroni mixture. Pour macaroni mixture into a casserole dish and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Top with additional cheese, if desired.

Source:  Paula Deen – Food Network – “Paula’s Party”