Crispy Macaroni and Cheese Ball Appetizers

By Erika on August 14th, 2012 / / 13 Comments

Crispy Macaroni and Cheese Ball Appetizers | The Hopeless Housewife

These crispy and gooey delights are not just for kids! Serve them in our delicious marinara dipping sauce and they will disappear from the tray quickly!

Crispy Macaroni and Cheese Ball Appetizers

Crispy Macaroni and Cheese Ball Appetizers


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1/4 cup gruyere cheese, grated (for kids, you may substitute all cheeses for 1 cup total shredded mild cheddar)
  • 1/2 cup white or sharp cheddar, grated
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • dash freshly cracked pepper
  • dash nutmeg (use sparingly!)
  • For dredging station:
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs, crushed to a fine consistency
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot. Add macaroni and cook 6-8 minutes or according to the package.
  2. While the macaroni is cooking, heat the butter and flour in heavy saucepan over low heat to make a roux. Add milk and half & half cook for about 2 minutes, stirring ccasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the different cheeses, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir to combine.
  3. Place in bowl in the refrigerator to chill for about an hour.
  4. Remove from refrigerator and use a spoon to scoop 1 1/2" balls. place on parchment paper or baking sheet.
  5. Heat oil in deep pan to 350º.
  6. While oil is heating, dip macaroni and cheese balls through a dredging station consisting of 3 bowls.
  7. 1st bowl: flour
  8. 2nd bowl: eggs
  9. 3rd bowl: panko bread crumbs, parsley and salt
  10. When you are finished dipping all the macaroni and cheese balls in the dredging station, place the balls into the hot oil to fry (work in shifts, making sure that they aren't too crowded in oil) for about 2-3 minutes, until golden brown.
  11. Serve with marinara and pesto dipping sauces.

Crispy Macaroni and Cheese Ball Appetizers | The Hopeless Housewife

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  • JulieD says:

    Wow, this looks amazing!! Will have to make asap!!

  • Tatiyana says:

    These look absolutely amazing! I was trying to cut back on mac n cheese, but these are too good to pass up!

  • Gena says:

    Oh, okay– these are SO up my alley! Yum, yum yum!

  • Cindy Carpenter says:

    Can I save this to my computer? As always Erika you rock my 20 year old will die for this!

    • Erika Erika says:

      Hi Cindy! I think we are going add a print tool which will have a save feature– I will let you know!! Thanks for all of your support!!

  • Cathy says:

    Sounds and look yummy. Can these be baked and what is the nutritional value (fat, etc.) on these? Thanks.

  • Veronika says:

    I am just teying this tonight, and I can’t get the macaroni to form into balls. From the fridge to the parchment, it’s not sticking!!
    I may have added more cheese than suggested, would that be my problem?
    How can I fix this?

    • Erika Erika says:

      The macaroni needs to be completely chilled, then smash it into a ball. Mine smash every time… please let me know how they turn out!

      • Veronika says:

        It worked this time. I wasn’t able to get back to the macaroni for a day because of my busy schedual. However, that worked in my favor.
        They stayed together like they were supposed to this time, and they taste GREAT!

  • Laura says:

    I just stumbled upon this. It looks great! How many balls does it make? I’m going to make them for my husband’s Poker night.

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