Flamin' Hot Cheetos Mac and Cheese Bites
Flamin' Hot Cheetos mac and cheese balls are the perfect hot and crispy, spicy snack and will satisfy all your junk food cravings.
- Serves: 10 persons
- 3cups of prepared macaroni and cheese (may be from a box or homemade)
- 1tablespoon of hot sauce (plus more for serving)
- 3cups of Flamin Hot Cheetos (crushed)
- ½cup of Panko breadcrumbs
- About 2 pints of canola oil or other light oil
- 1cup of flour
- 2eggs (beaten)
- ¼cup of milk
- Salt and pepper
- Blue cheese dressing
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Mix the macaroni and cheese with the hot sauce until completely combined. Add more hot sauce if you want an even spicier fried mac and cheese.
Step 3Place the prepared macaroni and cheese in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, until cooled.
Step 4Using an ice-cream scoop, form balls of the macaroni and cheese. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet . Place the balls into the freezer for about 3 hours or until completely hardened.
Step 5In a food processor, blend the Cheetos until they are crushed. Mix in the breadcrumbs and about 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Place in a shallow bowl and set aside.
Step 6Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed pot to 375 F.
Step 7Add the flour and about 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper to another shallow bowl and set aside.
Step 8Beat the eggs along with the milk and about 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.
Step 9Remove the mac and cheese balls from the freezer. Dip the balls in the flour and roll to completely cover. Shake off the excess and then dip into the egg mixture and roll to completely cover. Then dip into the Cheetos mixture and roll to completely cover. Place the coated balls on a baking sheet until ready to fry.
Step 10Gently drop 3 to 4 balls into the hot oil and fry on all sides until they are golden brown, for a total of about 5 minutes. Drain on a paper-towel-lined plate and repeat with the remaining balls.
Step 11Serve warm with extra hot sauce and blue cheese dressing on the side. Enjoy.