fried mac and cheese bites - tutorial

Fried Mac and Cheese with Summer Sausage

Deep fried mac and cheese bites are amazing and my absolute favorite appetizer to make and eat
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword fried mac and cheese, mac and cheese, mac and cheese bites
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
freeze time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 43 minutes
Servings 96 bites
Calories 76kcal
Author Ashlee Marie


  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/3 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 C whole milk
  • 1 1/2 C heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 lbs mixed shredded cheeses cheddar, smoked cheese, gruyere, monterey jack
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/3 tsp white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 lbs macaroni - cooked
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar shredded
  • 6 oz Johnsonville Beef Summer sausage cut into small pieces
  • 2-6 eggs
  • 3-4 C panko
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • melt the butter and whisk in the flour and corn starch - bring to a beige to toasty shade of roux
  • add the milk and cream and bring to a simmer
  • take off the heat and let cool about 4 mins, it will thicken
  • add the salt, pepper, nutmeg and mustard - stir
  • Add the 10 and 6 oz of smoked and sharp cheeses a little at a time and stir until melted
  • pull out 1 1/2 C sauce and refrigerate for reheating and dipping later
  • pour the rest of the sauce over the cooked (and drained) macaroni noodles
  • add the diced sausage and extra cheddar and pour into two 9x13 pans (lined with parchment paper) press down
  • freeze 4-8 hours
  • pop out the block of mac and cheese and cut into 48 triangles each pan
  • beat the eggs 2 at a time in a small bowl (adding more as needed)
  • mix the panko and salt and pepper in a large dish
  • dip each triangle into the egg, then panko mixture, turning over to get a good coverage
  • place off to the side while you do the rest - you can freeze them now or go straight to frying
  • heat the oil to 350 degrees - then fry the mac and cheese triangles for 2 - 2 1/2 mins - pull out and let strain over paper towels
  • serve on its own or with the reheated extra cheese sauce



Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 0.2mg