Deep-Fried Mac and Cheese Bars Recipe

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Madalena April 26, 2021

How To Make Deep-Fried Mac and Cheese Bars

Crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside mac and cheese bars makes the cheesiest, creamiest, and most savory lunch meal!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Refrigerate Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Total: 9 hours

Serves:

Ingredients

  • ½lbelbow macaroni
  • 3tbspbutter
  • 3tbspall purpose flour
  • 1tbspdry mustard
  • 2cupsmilk
  • 1cupheavy cream
  • ½cupyellow onion
  • 1lbandouille sausage,casing removed
  • 1bay leaf
  • 1tspsweet paprika
  • 1egg
  • 3cupssharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • 1tspblack pepper
  • 2tbsphot sauce

For Topping:

  • 3tbspbutter
  • 1cuppanko bread crumbs
  • 1cupsharp white cheddar cheese

For Breading:

  • 3cupsall purpose flour
  • 1tspcayenne pepper
  • 5eggs
  • 1lbpanko bread crumbs
  • oil

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente; don’t overcook. Drain in a colander and rinse under running water until cooled slightly. Set aside.

  2. Melt butter in 6-quart pot over medium-high heat. Add flour and mustard and whisk constantly for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.

  3. Stir in milk, cream, onion, sausage, bay leaf, and paprika, and cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes, until thickened. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes longer.

  4. Gradually stir about 1 cup milk mixture into beaten egg, then add egg mixture back to milk mixture in pot. Add cheese, salt, pepper, and hot sauce, and stir until cheese is melted.

  5. Remove from heat and stir in macaroni. Pour into a greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish.

Topping:

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat; stir in bread crumbs and remove from heat.

  2. Sprinkle cheese evenly over macaroni, then sprinkle with bread crumb mixture.

  3. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 30 minutes.

  4. Let cool completely, then cover and refrigerate overnight.

  5. The next day, cut the casserole lengthwise down the middle, then across into 1-inch bars.

Breading:

  1. Set up three bowls: in one, combine flour and cayenne; beat eggs in the second bowl, and place bread crumbs in the third.

  2. Dredge macaroni bars in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs, and place on a baking sheet. Work quickly; don’t over handle.

  3. Let bars rest in refrigerator the for 20 minutes to set crumbs

  4. Heat several inches of oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.

  5. Fry bars, a few at a time, for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Season hot bars with additional salt and pepper.

  6. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 513.51kcal
  • Fat: 28.93g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.36g
  • Trans Fat: 0.46g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9.38g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.69g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.86g
  • Fiber: 1.94g
  • Sugar: 3.10g
  • Protein: 17.89g
  • Cholesterol: 115.97mg
  • Sodium: 485.84mg
  • Calcium: 282.08mg
  • Potassium: 183.94mg
  • Iron: 1.91mg
  • Vitamin A: 187.25µg
  • Vitamin C: 1.53mg
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