Melinda’s Spicy Fried Mac & Cheese Balls

Melinda's Spicy Fried Mac & Cheese Balls

It’s easy to be cheesy with these balls
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Ingredients for Mac and Cheese Balls

  • 1 lb Macaroni Pasta
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 8 tbsp Butter
  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 2 tbsp Melinda's Habanero Honey Mustard Sauce
  • tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 3 cups Whole Milk
  • 16 ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 sticks Mozzarella String Cheese But into 1/2" pieces
  • to taste Salt & Pepper

Ingredients to Fry Mac and Cheese Balls

  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 2 cups Panko
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • ½ tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 3 cups Vegetable Oil

Ingredients for Melinda’s Comeback Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup Melinda's Habanero Honey Mustard Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Melinda's Chipotle Pepper Sauce
  • 1 ½ cups Kewpie Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Honey


How to Make Comeback Dipping Sauce

  • Add all ingredients into 16 oz mason jar and shake well or add to a bowl and mix thoroughly. 

How to Make

  • Boil pasta to package instructions, drain and toss with vegetable oil to prevent from sticking.
  • To make a roux. Melt butter in a large saucepan over MED heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine. Mixture will look like very wet sand.  Cook for approximately 2-3 minutes, whisking often until it becomes a light golden color. 
  • Slowly pour in milk, while whisking, until it becomes a smooth and thick consistency.
  • Remove from the heat, stir in nutmeg, Melinda’s Habanero Honey Mustard, and 1 cup of cheese, stirring to melt and combine. Stir in another cup of cheese until all cheese is used and mixture is smooth. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine drained pasta with cheese sauce, stirring to combine fully.  
  • Take a 2 oz scoop of Mac and cheese mix add in a square of mozzarella cheese in the middle. Fold mac and cheese around the mozzarella and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat until all mixture is used. 
  • Place in refrigerator to chill for one hour. Once ball has solidified, it can be frozen until ready to fry. 

To Fry:

  • Heat vegetable oil in stock pot or fryer to 350 degrees.
  • Create a dipping station. One bowl with flour. One bowl with egg and milk beaten together. One bowl with seasoned panko.
  • Coat refrigerated mac and cheese ball with flour, egg wash, and finish with panko. Place on plate until ready to fry. Repeat process until balls are created.
  • Fry for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve along slide Melinda’s comeback dipping sauce. 


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