I’m the first to admit that mac-n-cheese is in the top ten of my comfort foods. Add in extra cheese, some jalapenos for a little spice and deep fry it? Baby, I’m in Southern/Southwest Heaven™. And if you don’t like the spicy, leave out the jalapenos!
Total Time: 50 Min.
Prep Time: 30 Min.
Cook Time: 20 Min.
Watch the video about how to make Mac and Cheese Jalapeño Bites and you’ll be racing to the kitchen to make these delicious jalapeño bites in no time.
What You Need
1 pkg. (14 oz.) KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
48 round buttery crackers, finely crushed (about 2 cups), divided
1 egg, beaten
4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, crumbled
2 tsp. chopped drained pickled jalapeño nacho slices
4 oz. (1/4 of 16-oz. pkg.) VELVEETA, cut into 30 cubes
Let’s Make It
1 – Prepare Dinner in large saucepan as directed on package. Stir in 1 cup cracker crumbs, egg, bacon and jalapeno peppers until blended. Cool 20 min.
2 – Shape into 30 balls, using scant 1/4 cup macaroni mixture for each ball. Insert 1 VELVEETA cube into center of each ball, completely enclosing VELVEETA cube. Roll in remaining cracker crumbs until evenly coated. Place in single layer on waxed paper-covered baking sheet.
3 – Heat oil to 375ºF in deep fryer. Add balls, a few at a time; cook 2 min. or until golden brown. Drain well. Serve warm.
Tip 1 – Don’t Have a Deep Fryer? Heat 3 inches of oil in large saucepan to 375ºF. Use to cook mac bites as directed.
Tip 2 – Make Ahead: Prepare mac bites as directed but do not cook. Refrigerate up to 4 hours before cooking as directed.
Tip 3 – Make it Easy: Use a small (1-oz.) ice cream scoop to portion the macaroni mixture for each appetizer.
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