Mini Mac & Cheese Bites Recipe

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Mini Mac & Cheese Bites Recipe
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Mini Mac & Cheese Bites Recipe

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4.5 11 10
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Young relatives were coming for a Christmas party, so I wanted something fun for them to eat. Instead, the adults devoured my mini mac and cheese. —Kate Mainiero, Elizaville, New York
MAKES:
36 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:
36 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1-3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 cup biscuit/baking mix
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.
Meanwhile, sprinkle 1/4 cup bread crumbs into 36 greased mini-muffin cups. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and seasonings until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese until melted.
Remove from heat; stir in biscuit mix, eggs and 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Add macaroni; toss to coat. Spoon about 2 tablespoons macaroni mixture into prepared mini-muffin cups; sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and bread crumbs.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pans 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 3 dozen.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Customize these bites by adding mix-ins like chopped jalapenos, crumbled bacon, or minced garlic.
  • Hand-grating cheese for any mac and cheese tends to result in the smoothest, tastiest sauce.
  • Originally published as Mini Mac & Cheese Bites in Simple & Delicious December/January 2015

    Nutritional Facts

    1 appetizer: 91 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 162mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

    • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
    • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, divided
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
    • 1-3/4 cups 2% milk
    • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
    • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
    • 3/4 cup biscuit/baking mix
    • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    1. Preheat oven to 425°. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.
    2. Meanwhile, sprinkle 1/4 cup bread crumbs into 36 greased mini-muffin cups. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and seasonings until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese until melted.
    3. Remove from heat; stir in biscuit mix, eggs and 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Add macaroni; toss to coat. Spoon about 2 tablespoons macaroni mixture into prepared mini-muffin cups; sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and bread crumbs.
    4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pans 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 3 dozen.

    Test Kitchen Tips
  • Customize these bites by adding mix-ins like chopped jalapenos, crumbled bacon, or minced garlic.
  • Hand-grating cheese for any mac and cheese tends to result in the smoothest, tastiest sauce.
  • Originally published as Mini Mac & Cheese Bites in Simple & Delicious December/January 2015

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    chsmoak User ID: 8272977 260662
    Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

    "I followed the recipe exactly and they were delicious. They were a big hit at a church potluck with the younger crowd. Problem was the adults scarfed them down, too. And finally a recipe for mac and cheese that doesn't call for Velveeta cheese, which I hate."

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    gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 260609
    Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

    "Simple appetizer and a hit with kids for dinner! Tried this recipe with a few different types of cheese and it turned out well every time. Also added a little more garlic powder and some Parmesan cheese (like mentioned in the comment below!). Delicious every time!"

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    tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 260149
    Reviewed Jan. 23, 2017

    "I made 18 larger bites by using a regular size tin. I omitted the Swiss cheese and used 3 cups of cheddar cheese for the recipe. Originally I made this for the kids but I ended up liking it also."

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    alfoa User ID: 2078080 260007
    Reviewed Jan. 20, 2017 Edited Jan. 21, 2017

    "They were cute, but not that tasty. A little dry, I think due to the breadcrumbs (too much). I won't make these again."

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    [email protected] User ID: 1665956 258592
    Reviewed Dec. 25, 2016

    "My daughter is the ultimate mac and cheese lover, and she gave these 10 ! I made the recipe, filled up the cups, and still had enough leftover for probably another 12! But, she told me she'd eat it that as is. With the leftovers, I froze some, and the rest I put in baggie, so she can warm them up when she wants! Thanks for a great recipe. BTW, next time, instead of bread crumbs, I'm going to sprinkle the bottoms of the cups with grated Parmesan cheese!"

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    jrox User ID: 6221580 258372
    Reviewed Dec. 20, 2016

    "I made these for my family Christmas party, but I screwed it up. Instead of making 2 cups of elbows, I cooked the whole box. I was wondering why I had so much left and then I realized what I did. I did bake them and they were a little dry and didn't look much like the picture, but I didn't have time to make anything else. Well, they were all gone in 15 minutes. Everyone loved them, and want them again next year. What I had left, I put in a casserole dish and I'll add more white sauce, add some breadcrumbs and I have mac and cheese for four."

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    cindiak User ID: 221828 256856
    Reviewed Nov. 16, 2016

    "This went over well at a work gathering. Most everyone loves mac and cheese and it was nice to have a different type of appetizer."

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    shadey1 User ID: 7551545 256622
    Reviewed Nov. 10, 2016

    "I followed the recipe! They came out beautiful and so tasty. Mac and cheese fans will love these. Here is the thing! I decided I wanted to take them to a large family gathering so I tested a batch. After baking I cooled them, then placed in the freezer. Later I preheated the oven at 350' placed them frozen on a non-stick pan, and heated 20 minutes. They were perfectly crispy, creamy. Cheesy bites. My grandkids heated some frozen in the microwave, and loved them. They were not crispy but held up beautifully."

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    randcbruns User ID: 828588 222001
    Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

    "This is a hit with all ages. It is super easy to make and I've never heard a bad word said about them!"

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    GirishKatta User ID: 7329112 218236
    Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

    "Nice recipe"

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