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
- 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
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
- 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.
- Reduce heat and whisk in cheese until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in ham, paprika, mustard, cayenne and pasta.
- Spray two 12 cup mini muffin tins with canola or olive cooking spray.
- 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.
- Bake the mac and cheese bites for 10 minutes or until tops have started to brown and bites are sizzling.
- 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.