Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Macaroni Balls

Yup, you read right. Macaroni Balls.  This month's Crazy Cooking Challenge is Macaroni and Cheese and I made Macaroni Balls-it kinda gets grosser the more you say it?!?!?!  I wish I could come up with something as clever as Schwetty Balls (remember that SNL skit with Alec Baldwin?) but I digress.  I found the recipe here.  I just stumbled upon this blog in my quest for a unique mac & cheese recipe.  I like his philosophy of 'no recipes'....that's how I cook too!

So without further ado, Leslie's Macaroni Balls

What You'll Need
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoon flour
3/4 cup half and half
1 teaspoon kosher salt (didn't use)

1/2 teaspoon sugar (didn't use)
1 packed cup leftover mac & cheese (I didn't have leftovers so i made fresh mac & cheese and let it cool....would be much easier with leftovers!)
1/2 cup flour
1 beaten egg
1 cup panko
bread crumbs

Assuming you have left over mac & cheese this is pretty simple.  I followed Marc's recipe pretty much, since this was a new adventure and I didn't want to mess it up!

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the flour and stir vigorously until the mixture is bubbling.

Remove the pan from the heat, then slowly whisk in the half and half until it is fully mixed and there are no lumps.

Return the pan to medium-low heat  and use a silicone spatula to continuously scrape the bottom of the pan to keep the sauce from burning-YES YOU MUST DO THIS! When the sauce is thickened remove from heat and add the mac & cheese.

Now I must warn you I added more than 1 Cup of Kraft Dinner.....keep this in mind for later.... Stir to combine, then taste for salt and adjust as needed. Cool to room temperature, then place the mixture into the fridge to harden. (I was impatient and didn't wait all that long!)

Once the macaroni mixture cooled I used my hands and made the balls.  This was messy, mostly because my mixture wasn't totally cooled.  I think I made about 11 balls-ha ha ha ha balls.

To bread the balls get one bowl of flour, one of egg and one of panko bread crumbs.  This was the first time using these crispy crumbs and I love 'em!  Roll those balls 1, 2, 3; flour, egg, panko.

They'll look like this when they're ready to fry!

Then I poured some canola oil into a small sauce pan and heated it over medium high heat.  I should mention we're heading into deep fry territory so please make sure you have baking soda and a big lid handy in case of a grease fine.  I should also mention that my Mum put the fear of God in me when it came to doing this old skool deep frying and I'm still in therapy for it!

Once they finished frying I scooped them out of the oil with a slotted spoon and put them on paper towel to de-grease.....
as if it matters at this point!??! We're making deep fried macaroni people!

Now unfortunately because I used more than the recommended 1 Cup of leftover mac and cheese my balls weren't ooey gooey on the inside, but I liked them just fine...I also think my oil might have been too high/hot because the balls browned quickly but didn't stay hot very long.  (I microwaved mine and they were awesome! But I love hot food).

I would make these again for sure, but on a miniature scale.  Make marble sized balls and stick 'em with a toothpick and offer them as hors d'ourves at your next party! Cute right?

Be sure to vote for me and my Fried Macaroni Balls at Mom's Crazy Cooking!



Jennifer @ Mother Thyme said...

How clever! I love your idea for this! This sounds like a great appetizer to serve at our next gathering! :)

The Daily Smash said...

Hi I found your blog on the crazy cooking challenge. You have a great blog looks so yummy :) Check out my food blog

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

Hahahaha! I love it! These look fantastic and delicious and everything that mac and cheese ought to be + fried! How can life get any better?

I know something that will make you smile big - Ben and Jerry's *just* announced they're doing a Schweddy Balls flavored ice cream... so not joking; vanilla rum ice cream with fudge covered rum balls and malted milk balls! YUM is right! I've been dying to share that news with someone, and am glad to have found a fellow SNL pal.

ButterYum said...

What a fabulous post - and you're so funny (schwetty balls) - haha!!

This was my first time joining the ccc. Can't wait for next month's challenge.


Anonymous said...

i am totally going to try this next week!

East9thStreet said...

Hi from #53 of the Crazy Cooking Challenge. I LOVE the idea of macaroni balls. I'm pretty sure I can sneak some pureed vegetables in there for my daughter.

Oh, also following you on GFC. :)


What a FUN recipe! So different!

Jacqueline said...

I definitely feel my thighs getting thicker and thicker as I explore these fabulous recipes! How naughty - I love them from Cheesecake Factory and now I can make them at home. I have to admit though that I usually leave deepfrying to eating out because then it doesn't have any calories or fat grams, right? Of course right!

Anonymous said...

Mine turned out a bit fluffier so I'm naming it Airy Balls. ;○