Fried Mac and Cheese

Fried Macaroni & Cheese - a copycat of the appetizer from Cheesecake Factory! Creamy mac and cheese inside a delicious and crispy breaded outside! To die for!!

Hey all! Hope you are all having a great day. If not, I’m about to make it better! Have you ever had the Fried Macaroni and Cheese from Cheesecake Factory? They are to die for (along with everything else there). If we haven’t mentioned it before, it’s one of our favorite places to visit. We’ve redone several of their recipes, like their Luau Salad, or their famous Avocado Egg rolls, or my very favorite recipe from their – Sun-Dried Tomato Fettuccine. They are ALL amazing recipes and we were excited to try these Fried Mac and Cheese balls as well. I warn that they take a little time to put together, but every second is so worth it. After the first coat of bread crumbs, we decided that they didn’t look covered enough, so we decided to give them one more dip and I think it made a big difference. They were perfectly crunchy on the outside and deliciously soft and creamy on the inside. We made them again for our New Years Eve party and I’m guessing it wont be too long before we whip some more up. They were a HIT!

Fried Macaroni & Cheese - a copycat of the appetizer from Cheesecake Factory! Creamy mac and cheese inside a delicious and crispy breaded outside! To die for!!

Frozen Mac n Cheese balls. 

Fried Mac and cheese balls

Fried to perfection! YUM!

Fried Macaroni & Cheese - a copycat of the appetizer from Cheesecake Factory! Creamy mac and cheese inside a delicious and crispy breaded outside! To die for!!

Seriously?! Look at the cheesy center!! SO GOOD!!! This cheesy, delicious appetizer is definitely a new favorite, and we hope you like them as much as we did.

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Fried Mac and Cheese Balls Recipe

4.84 from 6 votes
Fried Macaroni & Cheese - a copycat of the appetizer from Cheesecake Factory! Creamy mac and cheese inside a delicious and crispy breaded outside! To die for!!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 966 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk warmed, plus 2 tbsp for egg wash
  • 1 lb grated cheddar
  • 1 lb grated smoked gouda
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • marinara or alfredo sauce for dipping

Instructions
 

  • Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Immediately drain and rinse with cold water. Drain again and set aside.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and stir with a whisk. Cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in warm milk, working out any lumps. Cook for about 2 minutes until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat. Add both cheeses and stir until melted and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in macaroni noodles and pour into a shallow pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until macaroni is cold.
  • Shape the cold mac and cheese into meatball-sized balls and place them onto a waxed paper-lined tray. Freeze overnight.
  • Beat together your eggs with your 2 tablespoons milk and pour it into a shallow bowl. Pour your bread crumbs into another shallow bowl. Remove the mac and cheese balls from the freezer. Dip the frozen balls into the egg wash then into the bread crumbs. Repeat these steps twice for each ball. This will give it a nice thick coat. Put back into the freezer until you are ready to fry.
  • Fry the coated mac and cheese balls for 5 minutes, until golden brown and center is hot. Serve hot with your favorite marinara or Alfredo sauce for dipping.

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Adapted from Food Network.

Fried Macaroni & Cheese - a copycat of the appetizer from Cheesecake Factory! Creamy mac and cheese inside a delicious and crispy breaded outside! To die for!!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. I was looking at the nutrition facts for the mac and cheese balls and it is super high in calories, fat, sodium and carbs but it doesn’t say how many are in a serving. can you clarify that for me? thanks

  2. 4 stars
    I had to add a little extra milk, my cheese saice was too thick even before adding noodles. I still would like more of the sauce after frying the bites.

  3. 5 stars
    I made these today, we’ve been in isolation and needed a change. We love the Cheesecake Factory and these were amazing! We have plenty left over in the freezer for a special appetizer whenever we want. Thank you so much for this recipe, it was simple and now a new staple in our house.