Fried Bacon Mac n' Cheese Bites

Yes, the title is correct. Made these for mother's day and we loved them so much we made them again for fathers day. Though the main dish was a really awesome three leaf and shrimp salad, these bites dominated our table.

To make these I used a rendition of Anne Burrell's Bacon Mac n' Cheese recipe from her book, Cook like a Rockstar. Basically you can use any Mac n' Cheese recipe you want so long as it is not the box stuff.

Mac n' Cheese Ingredients from MY favorite recipe.

  • 1 tbls extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 strips of bacon (optional if you are a vegetarian!)
  • 3 tbls unsalted butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups fat free half n half
  • 4 cups cheddar jack
  • 1 cup parmigian
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • Add hot sauce if needed.


  1. If you are adding bacon then cook the twelve strips of bacon  then drain them on a towel. Reserve half the bacon grease and move to the next step
  2. Begin boiling a large pot of water for your noodles.
  3. If you are NOT adding bacon then add butter to medium pot on medium to medium high heat then add onion and reserved bacon fat with salt and cook for 8 to 10 min till onion is soft and aromatic.
  4. Add flour and stir frequently 4-5 min till the mixture looks like wet sand. You are creating a bechamel sauce here.
  5. Whisk in half n half and season with salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and let cook for 8-10 min.
  6. Once your water is boiling add the pasta and cook for 1 min less than the directions say on the box. Drain and reserve.
  7. Once the onion bechamel is finished add your cheeses and some of your favorite hot sauce. Stir until the cheese is melted and mixed in well.
  8. Add Mustard, Bacon, and Pasta and mix well. Then transfer to a square baking dish and let cool. Freeze to help solidify the mac n cheese for cutting into bite sized pieces.
    1. Alternatively, you can eat it right here and now as it is amazing!

For Frying

  • 1 qt. (4 cups) of vegetable oil heated to 350 degrees
    • *use an instant read thermometer if you don't have a fryer.
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • salt
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1-2 eggs beaten


  1. Heat the oil to 350
  2. Prepare flour with pepper, paprika, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl
  3. Prepare panko with cayenne
  4. Cut the mac n' cheese into bite sized portions.
  5. Roll each piece in this order: Flour, Egg, Panko.
  6. Place bites in the heated oil for 2-3 min till golden brown
  7. drain on paper towels and enjoy!

Will have a wonderful crust!

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