Fried Mac & Cheese Bites

Ingredients
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Macaroni and Cheese:
1 ½ cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
3 tablespoons Crystal Farms® Butter, unsalted
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup 2% milk
1 ½ cups Crystal Farms Shredded Mac & Cheese
nonstick cooking spray as needed
Fried Bites:
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, beaten
¾ cup plain breadcrumbs
vegetable oil as needed

Directions
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Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
Step 2

Meanwhile, melt butter in 2-quart saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly.
Step 3

Slowly whisk in milk into the flour mixture, whisking constantly, until sauce is smooth. Bring sauce to a boil; reduce to low heat and simmer for 1 minute.
Step 4

Stir in the shredded Mac & Cheese blend. Continue to cook, while stirring, until cheese is melted.
Step 5

Remove from heat and fold the pasta into the cheese sauce.
Step 6

Spray 6-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon macaroni and cheese into pan; packing it down slightly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until macaroni and cheese is completely cooled.
Step 7

Place flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in three separate shallow bowls. Cut chilled macaroni and cheese into 16 pieces, cutting pan 4x
Step 8

Dredge each macaroni and cheese bite as follows: First coat bite lightly with flour, then dip in eggs, then coat with bread crumbs.
Step 9

Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook about half of the bites at one time, frying bites for 1-1 1/2 minutes per side.
Step 10

Drain bites on paper towels. Serve immediately.

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