Easy Macaroni And Cheese Bites Appetizer Recipe @pinch

Yum! These mac and cheese bites are melty, crispy, and delicious. The mix of Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses makes these bites nice and cheesy. We recommend adding the Dijon mustard, it gives a slight tang to the bites. Smoky bacon is the perfect topping. By coating the tins with bread crumbs, they really do come out easily but it also adds a slight crunch to the mac and cheese. These will make a fun party appetizer, but would also be yummy at a luncheon or for game night. Indulge in your favorite comfort food, minus the guilt, with our homemade macaroni and cheese bites. I have added toasted Panko, bacon and parsley to give this dish a gourmet edge.

easy macaroni and cheese bites appetizer
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Recipe Cuisine: American Recipe Category: Cheese Appetizers Yield: 6 Servings
Ingredients :
  • 1/4 cup(s) Panko bread crumbs, seasoned or plain
  • 2 cup(s) uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
  • 1 - egg, beaten
  • 4 - strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Dijon mustard, optional
  • 1 cup(s) whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 cup(s) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cup(s) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon(s) finely chopped parsley, or 1/2 tsp dry
Intructions :
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a mini muffin tin generously with butter or non-stick spray
  • Coat the insides of the mini-muffin tin with bread crumbs (this help the bites hold their shape)
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and add the macaroni. Cook 4-5 minutes, until just softened but not cooked through. Remove from the heat, drain and return the macaroni to the pot
  • Stir in the butter and egg until pasta is evenly coated
  • Mix in the bacon, mustard, milk, salt, cheddar, and 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
  • Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin, press the filling gently with your fingers (to help the bites hold their shape), and top with the reserved cheese
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown
  • Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan. Garnish with parsley and enjoy.

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