Remi Cruz's Fried Mac N Cheese Bites


Fried Mac N Cheese Bites

  • 1 Box Elbow Macaroni
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Half and Half
  • 2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Gruyere Cheese


  • 2 Cups Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Quart Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Pinch Flakey Salt
  • 1 Sprig Chopped Italian Parsley
  • Sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese



•    Preheat oven to 350°f and grease a 9x13 casserole dish. 

•    bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil, and cook pasta 9-12 minutes until al dente. drain and set aside. 

•    in a large saucepan, create a roux by melting butter over medium heat and whisking in flour until a paste forms. then add salt, pepper, and seasonings and whisk to combine.

•    lower heat and slowly incorporate milk, half and half, and heavy whipping cream. increase heat and bring to a boil.

•    remove from heat and add shredded cheese, stirring in ¼ cup at a time until to form the cheese sauce. 

•    add cooked pasta and mix until pasta is fully coated with sauce. 

•    pour pasta into the casserole dish, and bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 mins.

•    remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.

•    refrigerate pasta for at least 4 hours (up to overnight) or place in freezer for an hour before proceeding. 

•    once chilled, cut macaroni into 1 inch cubes.

•    create a breading station with 3 shallow bowls. in the first bowl, add 1 cup flour. in the second, crack and whisk 2 eggs. in the third bowl, add panko and seasonings.  

•    begin breading process by rolling each cube first into the flour mixture, then eggs, then panko breadcrumbs. (pro tip: use one hand to coat in egg, and the other to coat in the dry mixtures to minimize the mess!)

•    in a large frying pan, heat vegetable oil to 350°f and fry macaroni bites for 2-3 minutes. (keep an eye on them, they cook quickly!) 

•    remove from oil and set to cool on a paper towel to absorb excess oil. 

•    sprinkle bites with flakey salt, chopped parsley and parmesan cheese!