If you love macaroni and cheese, but want something in bite-sized form for a delicious appetizer, these baked mac and cheese bites are for you.
If you follow this blog at all, you might be wondering… another mac and cheese recipe? Don’t worry, I’ve got plenty more left in the tank! But with Easter being tomorrow, I thought it appropriate to share another recipe as it’s become a tradition for me to make mac and cheese for pretty much any holiday. And with these baked mac and cheese bites, it’s a unique twist on a classic as you can just pick them up with your hand. Or eat with a fork if you prefer.
Mac and cheese is just one of those dishes I would honestly eat every day if I could. There is just something about it – probably the loads of cheese! I mean if you google why everyone loves mac and cheese, there are actual articles explaining why. And while cheddar is my go-to with these, you can mix it up and try smoked gouda or a combination of cheddar and Gruyère. So if you’re hosting people for a party and still debating on what to make, you can’t go wrong with these mac and cheese bites. Hope you enjoy!
What Ingredients are in this Baked Mac and Cheese Bites Recipe?
- Unsalted butter
- All-purpose flour
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Cream cheese
- Salt and black pepper
How to Make Mac and Cheese Bites
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray mini muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
- Heat butter in medium pan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until smooth and bubbly, about 1-2 minutes. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken.
- Add 2 cups of the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, salt and pepper and mix until creamy.
- Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and mix until pasta is coated. Let cool for 5 minutes before adding beaten egg and mix.
- Spoon about 2 tbsp of the mac and cheese into the mini muffin tins. It should just reach the top. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let cool for 5 minutes before removing and serve immediately.
Can I Use Regular Size Muffin Tins?
Yes it will just make 12 bites instead of 24. I like the mini muffin tins as it’s the perfect size that only takes about 2 bites to eat and more people can enjoy them. But either size will work great for a party.
Other Appetizer Recipes
- Pizza Pretzels
- Garlic Shrimp and Avocado Crostini
- Cajun Boiled Peanuts
- Skillet Nachos
- Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese
Baked Mac and Cheese Bites
- 1/2 lb elbow macaroni
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray. Cook pasta according to directions and set aside.
- Heat butter in medium pan over medium heat. Once melted, add flour and whisk until smooth and starting to bubble. Slowly add milk and bring to a simmer, about 10 minutes. Add 2 cups of cheddar cheese, cream cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until creamy. Set aside.
- Add the pasta into the cheese mixture and mix until thoroughly coated. Let cool for 5 minutes before adding beaten egg and mix.
- Spoon mac and cheese into mini muffin tins where it is just flowing over, about 2 tbsp. Top each with a tbsp of cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing.