Mac-and-cheese bites
Mac-and-cheese bites

Mac-and-cheese bites

Preparation 15 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes
Servings 40

Ingredients

Macaroni and cheese:

  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) flour
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) Dijon mustard
  • 500 ml (2 cups) macaroni
  • 500 ml (2 cups) grated sharp cheddar
  • Salt and pepper


Crunchy crust and topping:

  • 500 ml (2 cups) Panko bread crumbs
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) melted butter
  • 250 ml (1 cup) grated sharp cheddar

Preparation

Macaroni and cheese:

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC (400ºF).
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
  3. Sweat the garlic.
  4. Stir in flour.
  5. Cook a few more minutes without browning.
  6. Incorporate milk, while stirring with a whisk.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Add nutmeg, cayenne and mustard.
  9. Mix.
  10. Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes until thickened.
  11. Meanwhile, cook macaroni in a saucepan of boiling water until al dente.
  12. Drain.
  13. Leave the pasta in the saucepan.
  14. Stir in sauce and cheese.


Crust and topping:

  1. In a bowl, combine bread crumbs and melted butter.
  2. Add cheese.
  3. Spoon into the muffins trays, pressing on the bottom and going up the sides.*
  4. Add the macaroni-and-cheese.
  5. Top with bread crumbs.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until lightly golden.


* Be sure to properly lay the breadcrumb crust in the bottom of the molds (if possible non-stick) so that the bites do not stick.

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