Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fried Mac and Cheese {Vegetarian}

Day 251.

Hooray for leftovers day! Apparently I've been on a pasta kick. I have a lot of it in the fridge. So, when my husband asked if we could try fried macaroni and cheese with the leftovers of our Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese, I relented. Well, I relented with the caveat that he do the frying! You know how I hate frying. But, I have to admit when I realized how little "batter" was really needed that this could be delicious.

Fried Macaroni and Cheese 
  • About 1/2 pound leftover macaroni (we used  Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese) refrigerated overnight
  • Flour
  • egg, beaten
  • breadcrumbs
  • oil for frying
  • bleu cheese or ranch dressing for serving
Heat deep fryer oil or 2-3 inches of oil in a deep frying pan. Cut cold macaroni into cubes.  

Dredge cubes through flour, then egg and finally breadcrumbs. Deep fry for 1-2 minutes until golden brown. Serve with bleu cheese or ranch dressing.
The Results
Wow. This was surprisingly simple and tasty. I was pleasantly surprised about how light this seemed. I expected it to have that heavy, greasy, fried food taste. The kids, not so surprisingly, also loved it.

This post is shared with Simple Lives Thursday, Tip Day Thursday, Frugal Food Thursday, Recipe Swap Thursday,Recipes I Can't Wait to Try, Things I Love Thursday, It's a Keeper, Full Plate Thursday, and Ultimate Recipe Swap.


  1. This sounds really good, I love love love mac and cheese. Do you think you could bake it instead of frying? I hate frying food and rarely do it.

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  2. A woman after my own heart...I hate frying too. I always ask my husband to do the frying. :) But, yes, I think if you did the same process and then put them in muffin tin cups, at around 350 for 15-20 minutes it should work great.

  3. This is such a guilty pleasure of mine. I've never tried making it myself, though. I am also not a fan of deep frying (knowing me, I'd set the kitchen ablaze), so maybe I'll try the muffin tin method. :)

  4. You're welcome to laugh heartily at me. I DID set the kitchen ablaze...frying okra. It was terrible. That's part of my reason for hating frying! Nothing burned down, but I had to wash the walls and paint with Killz. Yet, I still like the occasional fried thing.

  5. Hi Kristi,
    I love you Mac N Cheese, we will just love giving this a try! Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen