Mini Macaroni and Cheese Appetizers

Perfect for a neighborhood get-together or a throwback 70’s themed throwback party…

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Mini Macaroni & Cheese Appetizers

Yield: 48 appetizers

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 pound elbow macaroni
1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for brushing
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan- Reggiano cheese
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (1 packed cup)
4 ounces deli-sliced American cheese, chopped
1 large egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the macaroni until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain, shaking off the excess water.

3. Brush four 12-cup nonstick mini muffin tins with butter. Sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons of the Parmigiano; tap out the excess.

4. In a large saucepan, melt the 1 1/2 Tablespoons of butter. Whisk in the flour over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and cook, whisking, until boiling, about 5 minutes. Add the cheddar and American cheeses and whisk until melted. Off the heat, whisk in the egg yolk and paprika. Fold in the macaroni.

5. Spoon slightly rounded Tablespoons of the macaroni into the prepared muffin cups, packing them gently. Sprinkle the remaining 2 Tablespoons of the Parmigiano on top.

6. Bake the mini macs in the upper and middle thirds of the oven for about 10 minutes, until golden and sizzling. Let cool for 5 minutes. Using a small spoon, carefully loosen the mini macs, transfer to a platter and serve.

Tips:

*Make Ahead: This recipe can be prepared through step 5 and refrigerated overnight.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (via Food & Wine)

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One Response to “Mini Macaroni and Cheese Appetizers”

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    Jackie Ordway — March 13, 2012 @ 4:10 PM

    These are wonderful! I had ditalini on hand, which worked great for the small size, and I added a 2.5-ounce bag of bacon bits with the cheese sauce.