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Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Young relatives were coming for a Christmas party, so I wanted something fun for them to eat. Instead, the adults devoured my mini mac and cheese. —Kate Mainiero, Elizaville, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1-3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 cup biscuit/baking mix
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425°. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.
  • Meanwhile, sprinkle 1/4 cup bread crumbs into 36 greased mini-muffin cups. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and seasonings until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese until melted.
  • Remove from heat; stir in biscuit mix, eggs and 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Add macaroni; toss to coat. Spoon about 2 tablespoons macaroni mixture into prepared mini-muffin cups; sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and bread crumbs.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pans 5 minutes before serving.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Customize these bites by adding mix-ins like chopped jalapenos, crumbled bacon, or minced garlic.
  • Hand-grating cheese for any mac and cheese tends to result in the smoothest, tastiest sauce.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 appetizer: 91 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 162mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.