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Feb 01

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Ham and Cheese Mac and Cheese Bites

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 Submitted By:  Liz Hughes

These ham and cheese mac and cheese bites are delicious, fun to eat and incredibly easy to make. All you need is the basics – milk, cheese, butter, egg, pasta. Ham isn’t a necessity, but does make them extra hearty. I’m thinking great football finger food and with the Super Bowl coming up, why not indulge in this bite of a classic.

Ham and Cheese Mac and Cheese Bites

Makes 24-36 bites

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Ditalini pasta, cooked per package directions
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated monterey jack
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese for garnish

 

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large saucepan melt butter on medium high heat. Add flour and whisk until flour is incorporated and has had time to cook; 2 – 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk until boiling, about 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat and whisk in cheese until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in ham, paprika, mustard, cayenne and pasta.
  4. Spray two 12 cup mini muffin tins with canola or olive cooking spray.
  5. Spoon heaping tablespoons of macaroni and cheese mixture into each cup and lightly pat down (this helps the pasta bind together). Top with extra grated cheddar.
  6. Bake the mac and cheese bites for 10 minutes or until tops have started to brown and bites are sizzling.
  7. Remove from oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Gently remove bites with a spoon and set on serving platter. Garnish with chopped parsley or chives.

 

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