Fried Mac & Cheese Balls

Butter Gouda and Cheddar - Vacuum Sealed freshnessUHT (Long Life) Milk
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Recipe Information



45 mins

prep time:

20 mins

cook time:

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  • 250 g macaroni pasta, cooked until very soft and drained
  • 80 g First Choice Butter
  • 80 ml cake flour
  • 375 ml First Choice Milk
  • 200 g First Choice Mature Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 150 g mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 200 g bacon, crispy fried and chopped
  • 30 ml English mustard
  • 2,5 ml chilli flakes (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 60 ml First Choice Milk
  • 100 g panko breadcrumbs
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • sunflower oil for frying
  • kitchen paper for draining

Preparation method:

  1. Melt the First Choice Butter in a small saucepan, add the flour and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add all of the 375 ml First Choice Milk. Stir well and return to the heat.
  2. Stir frequently until the mixture is thick and starts to boil. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Combine the sauce, cheeses, pasta, bacon, chives, mustard and chili and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer to a dish to cool at room temperature, cover and leave in the fridge overnight (or a few hours).
  5. Beat together the eggs and 60 ml First Choice Milk.
  6. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl.
  7. Scoop out large tablespoons of the chilled macaroni mixture and roll into balls (use a little cold water on your hands if needed to prevent sticking).
  8. Dip the balls into the egg and then into the panko crumbs.
  9. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or saucepan to 160°C and fry the balls until golden brown and crisp.
  10. Drain on the kitchen paper and garnish with chives.

TIP – use pretzel sticks as toothpicks and serve as a delicious snack.