Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

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  • Published Apr 1st
  • Ready In7h 10m
  • Servings8
  • Calories543
A fun and easy recipe that the kids and guests will love! It's super cheesy and absolutely one of my faves. No need for spoons with this mac dish!!

Fried Mac and Cheese Balls Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Fried Mac and Cheese Balls for 8 servings:

  • 1 (7.25 ounce) package macaroni and cheese mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup pimento cheese spread
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups peanut oil for frying, or as needed

Fried Mac and Cheese Balls Cooking Instructions

  • Prep40m
  • Cook30m
  • Ready In7h 10m

To cook Fried Mac and Cheese Balls, you need about 40 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Fried Mac and Cheese Balls is about 30 minutes , and you can serve your Fried Mac and Cheese Balls within 7 hours 10 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Fried Mac and Cheese Balls easily:

  1. 1 Fill a pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the macaroni is cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 7 minutes. Drain. Stir in the 2 tablespoons butter, the 1/4 cup milk, and the cheese packet from the package.
  2. 2 While the macaroni is still hot, stir in the Cheddar cheese, pimento cheese spread, and Italian cheese blend, and continue to stir until melted. Place the macaroni and cheese mixture in a container and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours.
  3. 3 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the macaroni mixture from the refrigerator, and, using a cookie scoop, scoop into balls. Place mac balls on the prepared baking sheet and freeze for at least 2 hours.
  4. 4 Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. 5 Whisk the bread crumbs with the paprika, chili powder, black pepper, sugar, and cayenne in a shallow dish; set aside. Beat the eggs with the 3 tablespoons milk in a small bowl. Remove the mac balls from the freezer, coat in the egg wash, and then dredge in breading.
  6. 6 Fry the mac balls in small batches until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain briefly on a paper towel-lined plate; serve hot.


  • Editor's Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 543 calories; 32.3 grams of fat; 42.1 grams of carbohydrates; 20.4 grams of protein; 146 milligrams of cholesterol; 1204 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Mar 4th 2012

    If you are concerned about the centers not thawing, try this: line a cookie sheet with waxed paper - add a thin layer of oil. Spread the mac 'n cheese mix about 1/2" thick across the entire ...

  2. Jan 17th 2012

    I went to my local cheese shop and asked them for their advice. They suggested three different cheeses, which were wonderful. A gruyère, 'soft smelly' cheese, and a third I can't remember. ...

  3. Dec 27th 2011

    These weren't as hard as they seem. I always prep ahead anyway, so leaving them in the freezer wasn't a big deal. I didn't bother making pimento cheese, just used 2 cups cheddar and added so ...

  4. Jan 17th 2010

    I followed the ingredients exactly, I did cut down on the refridgeration time, 30 minutes, and I froze them for 2 1/2 hours. They were perfect! Reminded me of the same dish at Cheesecake Factory.

  5. Jun 19th 2009

    I haven't tried making these yet, but could anyone tell me if its possible to bake them rather than deep fry? We don't deep fry too often at our house. If not I guess I will be the first t ...

  6. Jun 17th 2009

    We really enjoyed these! I fried them for 4 minutes and they were cooked through. The only problem I had was that the egg froze quickly before the crumbs could stick after the initial dip. I ...

  7. Jun 17th 2009

    You know it's so interesting to read about the frozen middles because it was the first thing that crossed my mind before I even started to make the recipe. This is what I did. I fried accord ...

  8. May 25th 2009

    I thought this recipe was awesome... It is so versatile and the possibilities are endless. I've used this recipe quite a few times and have altered it in many ways. I love adding diced jalap ...

  9. Mar 12th 2009

    I was hoping these would taste like Arby's Mac & Cheesers (I hope they bring those back!) but they didn't really. They were just okay, I don't know. I guess I just set high expectations ...