Fried Mac and Cheese Balls


These mac and cheese balls are a fun and easy recipe that the kids and guests will all love. It's super cheesy and absolutely one of my faves. No need for spoons with this mac dish!

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 10 mins
24 pieces


  • 1 (7.25 ounce) package macaroni and cheese mix

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ¾ cup pimento cheese spread

  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend

  • 4 cups peanut oil for frying, or as needed

  • 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 4 large eggs

  • 3 tablespoons milk


  1. Fill a pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally until macaroni is cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 7 minutes. Drain. Stir in butter, 1/4 cup milk, and cheese packet from the macaroni and cheese package.

  2. While macaroni is still hot, stir in Cheddar cheese, pimento cheese spread, and Italian cheese blend, and continue to stir until melted.

  3. Place the macaroni and cheese mixture into a container and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours.

  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the macaroni mixture from the refrigerator, and using a cookie scoop, scoop into balls. Place mac balls on the prepared baking sheet and freeze for at least 2 hours.

  5. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  6. Make a breading station: Whisk bread crumbs with paprika, chili powder, black pepper, sugar, salt, and cayenne in a shallow dish; set aside. Beat eggs with 3 tablespoons milk in a small bowl. Remove the mac balls from the freezer, coat in egg mixture, and then dredge in breading.

  7. Fry the mac balls in hot oil in small batches until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain briefly on a paper towel-lined plate; serve hot.

Editor's Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

543 Calories
32g Fat
42g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 543
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 147mg 49%
Sodium 1204mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 332mg 26%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 265mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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