Welcome to the happiest time of year – appetizer season! Okay, okay, I’m joking – kind of. But I do love holiday entertaining time because appetizers just make me happy. I’ll choose savory over sweet 99% of the time and often make whole meals of just appetizers. So, all the tasty little tidbits served over the holidays are foodie heaven for me! These baked macaroni and cheese bites bring appetizer and comfort food together in one bundle. Yum!
When it comes to holiday parties, we often have our favorites that we serve year after year but it’s always fun to try something new. I love macaroni and cheese, but I’ll be honest. I’ve tried those fried mac and cheese balls at restaurants before and didn’t like them at all. Still, I knew with my deep abiding love of all things cheesy, there must be a way to tweak it. The key was baking them. Bonus points: they’re lower in calories too!
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It’s Day 5 and we are sharing Holiday Party Food Ideas!
Baked Macaroni and Cheese Bites
Little bites of creamy macaroni and cheese baked to perfection! A great addition to any party menu.
- 3 cups macaroni and cheese
- 3/4 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Form cold macaroni and cheese into balls, about the size of a ping pong ball.
Coat a baking sheet with olive oil.
Beat the eggs.
Set out a bowl of flour, a bowl with the beaten eggs in it, and a bowl of bread crumbs.
Coat each mac and cheese ball in flour, dip into the eggs, and then cover in bread crumbs.
Place coated macaroni and cheese bites on the baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees F.
Turn the bites over and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Serve with dipping sauce - some of our favorite choices are Sriracha, marinara sauce, or Ranch dip.
It's best to use leftover macaroni and cheese that is as cold as possible (but not frozen). Make sure it has been in the fridge for a minimum of 12 hours to get the best results.
Scroll down for many more Holiday Party Food Ideas for your holiday season!
On Day 4, we shared kids’ Christmas craft ideas. Check out this adorable paper nutcracker craft. It’s a fun idea for Christmas and the perfect follow-up to the new movie, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.