Mac 'n' Cheese Balls

Not sure what to do with leftover mac 'n' cheese? Try making these simple, crispy fried balls.


  • 6 cups prepared macaroni and cheese, cold
  • 4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, beaten


  1. Heat oil in a high-sided pot over high heat. Test for temperature by placing a wooden utensil in the middle of the pot—if bubbles appear, the oil is ready.
  2. In a small bowl, combine panko and flour. In a separate bowl, add the beaten eggs.
  3. Using an ice cream scoop, make balls with the cold mac and cheese. Dip balls first into the egg, then into the breadcrumbs, pressing to coat.
  4. Add a couple balls at a time to the hot oil, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until evenly golden.
  5. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate to cool, then enjoy.