Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Mini Mac

After browsing through my google reader looking for something to make to take to my aunt's house for Christmas , I came across these cute little mini macaroni and cheese bites. I thought that they were pretty cute and decided that they would be perfect. The only bad thing is that they do not stay warm for long at all so it is best to eat them as soon as they come out of the oven.

These were very easy to make and took minimal time. I did substitute Colby for the American cheese and I think next time I would choose 2 different cheeses entirely, just for a different taste.

Mini Mac and Cheese
(Source: Food&Wine via KaylaCookies)

Yield: 48 pieces

1/2 pound elbow macaroni
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for brushing
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (1 packed cup)
4 ounces deli-sliced American cheese, chopped
1 large egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika

- Preheat the oven to 425°
- In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the macaroni until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain, shaking off the excess water.
- Brush four 12-cup, nonstick mini muffin tins with butter. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the Parmigianino; tap out the excess.
- In a large saucepan, melt the 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter. Whisk in the flour over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and cook, whisking, until boiling, about 5 minutes. Add the cheddar and American cheeses and whisk until melted. Off the heat, whisk in the egg yolk and paprika. Fold in the macaroni.
- Spoon slightly rounded tablespoons of the macaroni into the prepared muffin cups, packing them gently. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmigianino on top.
- Bake the mini macs in the upper and middle thirds of the oven for about 10 minutes, until golden and sizzling. Let cool for 5 min­utes. Using a small spoon, carefully loosen the mini macs, transfer to a platter and serve.


Anonymous said...

Seriously SUCH a good idea. I will have to make these for Dh next time we have his friends over!

Jaime said...

those are so cute!

Lisa said...

My mouth is watering from these, what a great appetizer for football or baseball games! Thanks for the idea.

Teresa said...

How cute! My 7 year old would love these. Can't wait to try them. :-)