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DEEP FRIED MAC AND CHEESE

DEEP FRIED MAC AND CHEESE

Mac 'n' cheese is a favourite wherever you go. I recently made a batch and as usual, I made way too much. Beer battering and deep frying seemed the perfect solution. The perfect thing when hanging out in the kitchen and having a few too many cocktails. Eat them straight away, that is when they are best. I know this isn't an everyday thing, I mean the calories!! But as a nice indulgent treat, why not? Dip these crispy, gooey bundles in a spicy sauce and you are in heaven. Guilty pleasure? Yes!

DEEP FRIED MAC AND CHEESE

Here's what you'll need

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 small shallot (finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups grated sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 cups elbow pasta
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup beer (or sparkling water)
  • salt and pepper

Here's how

  1. sautee the onions and garlic in butter in a deep pot until translucent and fragrant

  2. add the flour and cook about 5 minutes

  3. add the milk and pasta...yes, the pasta will cook in the milk

  4. simmer on medium low heat, stirring frequently to keep from burning and sticking together

  5. once the pasta is cooked through (about 8-10 minutes) remove from the heat and stir in the cheeses

  6. pour the pasta onto a baking sheet and smooth out so that you have even distribution, about an inch thick

  7. let it cool completely and toss the pan into the fridge overnight...don't even wrap it as you want it to dry out a bit

  8. the next day, make your batter by whisking the flour, beer, baking powder, egg, and season well with salt and pepper

  9. cut your mac and cheese into whatever shape you want...remember to make them bite sized

  10. roll the mac in flour and then in your beer batter and drop into a °350 deep fryer

  11. don't overcrowd them, just a few at a time

  12. keep the waiting mac and cheese in the fridge in between batches as you need to keep it cold

  13. when they're ready (golden brown and crisp) pull them out of the oil onto a paper towel, seasona and eat right away with a nice spicy hot sauce

  14. DEEP FRIED MAC AND CHEESE

    DEEP FRIED MAC AND CHEESE

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