Fried mac and cheese balls

Aimee Fortney

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Mac and cheese fried? Oh yeah.

Mac and chesse balls

Fried mac and cheese balls are crispy and then served with a spicy marinara sauce.

Fried mac and cheese balls

Serves 8


  • 4 cups leftover (cold) macaroni and cheese
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Vegetable or peanut oil, for frying


  1. Using a large cookie scoop or a smaller ice cream scoop, scoop macaroni mixture into balls.
  2. Place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Combine breadcrumbs, cayenne pepper, chili powder and black pepper together in a pie dish and set aside. In a separate pie dish, beat eggs and milk together.
  4. Heat your oil in a large pot or deep fryer to 350 degrees F.
  5. Remove the cheese balls from the freezer and roll first through the egg mixture, then through the breadcrumb mixture. Tap off any excess mixture and then gently drop into the hot oil using a slotted spoon.
  6. Allow the cheese balls to fry in small batches, about 5 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and enjoy!

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Aimee Fortney
Aimee Fortney is “Not the Perfect Cook.” Retiring at age 31 as a bilingual political consultant, Aimee is now a cookbook author, blogger, recipe developer and inspirational food lover, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Aimee can be seen on Nashville’s WSMV and you can read her blogs, recipes and funny, “Not the Perfect Cook” adventures as she strives to keep families out of the drive thru, cooking at home (on a budget) on her website, and follow her on twitter, @aimeefortney.