Bacon Alfredo Mac and Cheese Bites
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(7.25 ounce) box macaroni and cheese (I used Alfredo this time)
tablespoons butter (for mac and cheese)
cup milk (for mac and cheese)
cup flour (for mac and cheese)
10-12 pepper jack cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
cup Progresso™ panko bread crumbs
Render the bacon in a large sauté pan. Once cooked, drain on a few paper towels and place in a food processor. Pulse until they become bacon bits. Add the cilantro and pulse a few more times to combine.
In the meantime, cook the macaroni and cheese according to package directions. Add the flour to the mix and toss to combine. Add the bacon-cilantro mixture to the pasta. Stir to combine.
Place a small fistful of pasta in your hand and place a pepper jack cube right inside. Wrap the pasta around the cheese and really pack it tight. (This helps them stay together and not fall apart.) Toss the pasta balls with panko, covering it well. Place each ball on a small tray. Once all the balls are made, place the tray in the freezer while you heat the oil.
Pour the oil into a deep, wide pan. Once the oil is hot, place a few balls in the pan and fry all over until golden brown. Place the bites on paper towels to lightly drain.
Serve the pasta bites with fresh lime wedges and cilantro sprigs as garnish.
More About This Recipe
- Biggidy Bacon Bites. With pasta. And CHEESE. Ohmygosh.
Sometimes things happen in life that are pretty ridiculous. These are in that category. Isn't it wonderful?
These bomb bacon pasta cheese bite thingies are PERFECT for kids, perfect for parties, perfect for snacks, perfect for allthetimes.
Full credit goes to Stepable for this genius recipe. I adapted it slightly by changing up the cheese and pasta flavors and adding a bunk ton of cilantro, because PEPPER JACK CHEESE.
There's no point dragging this out. Let's make it before I combust and eat the whole platter.
Okay! Start by rendering some baaaaacon. You need to be held?
And then make your boxed mac and cheese! I changed it up with an Alfredo flavor, but you can totally keep it classic with the yellow powder. Do what makes ya sing.
Okay, now this is where it gets good. Place all that cooked bacon in a food processor. Pulse pulse. Bacon bits!
Now add a ton of cilantro. Cilantro bacon bits!
Now mix it with the cooked pasta. Take a bite because you cannot control yourself.
Sprinkle some flour on top!
Okay, now you'll assemble. Pack a small fistful of pasta in your hand and place a cube of pepper jack cheese inside the pasta. Then close the pasta around the cheese and reaaaaaaaally pack it tight. Then roll the little balls in the panko. Now freeze the bites while you heat the oil!
Horrible photo alert! Frying.
And hello, mama. Serve with fresh lime and cilantro and biggiiiiiiidy bomb.
See that cheese? Remember the cheese you put inside? Ohmygosh.
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