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Mac and Cheese Balls

This is a story about how I turned leftover Macaroni and Cheese into my favorite indulgent snack around. It all started with a vat of leftover macaroni and cheese and a wonderful suggestion from a boy to make Macaroni and Cheese balls, inspired by a delicious diner we used to frequent. They deep fry their Mac and Cheese into crispy crunchy balls filled with gooey, rich mac and cheese. Amazing…with a chocolate malt, I am in heaven. This version is lightened up made with Carrot and Cheddar Mac and Cheese then baked until they get nice and crispy. Delish.

Cheddar and Carrot Mac and Cheese
Servings: 12 servings
Serving Size: 1 ball
Nutritional Info: 140 calories, 3.7g of fat, 22.4g of carbohydrates, 2.8g of fiber, 6.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. When macaroni and cheese is cool enough to handle, shape into 12 balls (size of a large egg) and place in an airtight container. If you need to stack them on top of each other, place parchment paper in between. Place in the fridge and let refrigerate overnight. This helps the macaroni and cheese to thicken up and stay together during baking. You could probably get away with 2-3 hours in the fridge, but overnight is ideal.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a baking sheet into the oven while it is preheating.
  3. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl. Whisk together the egg whites, salt, pepper, and hot sauce in another bowl.
  4. Dip each mac and cheese ball into the egg whites and then roll in the breadcrumbs.
  5. Pull the baking sheet out of the oven and spray with cooking spray. Place the mac and cheese balls in a single layer and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

*These can be made with any type of macaroni and cheese you like. Just use the total points plus value for the macaroni and cheese recipe, plus 1 point for the egg whites, and 8 points for 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs. Then divide by 12 for the points per serving.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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1 Response to Mac and Cheese Balls

  1. Emanuelle on March 12, 2013

    Amazing idea! Looks delicious and not too unhealthy at all! :)

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