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I Can Be So Cheesy!

I am SO EXCITED to start out my Cheese

Theme Week!

Did you know there are eight different families of cheese and there are over a thousand different varieties of cheese produced in various countries. Cheese styles, textures and flavors depend on the origin of the milk (including the animal's diet), whether they have been pasteurized, the bacteria and mold, the processing, the butterfat content and how long they have been aged. All this talk of cheese is making me hungry so let’s start off with a MASTERPIECE and remember.. I won’t have to ask you to “Say Cheese” because you’ll already be smiling before this week is over!

Deep Fried Cheetos Mac N Cheese Balls


Ingredients

1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked

12 oz. bag Cheetos Puffs

6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup milk

1/2 tsp. Garlic powder

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 block 8 oz cream cheese

1 1/2 cups flour

3 eggs, beaten

Vegetable oil, for frying

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions

Place Cheetos puffs into a large ziplock bag and using rolling pin roll into fine powder and set aside.

In a saucepan over medium heat, add the butter. Once the butter is melted, add milk, garlic powder, cheddar, mozzarella, and cream cheese. Whisk until all the cheese has melted and sauce is smooth. Add bacon crumbles.

Pour cheese sauce over cooked pasta, stirring to thoroughly cover all of the noodles.

Cover and refrigerate the pasta for at least 1-2 hours, allowing it to cool completely and so cheese sauce binds well to the noodles.

Take noodles out of refrigerator and using your hands, form the man n cheese into 1-inch balls.

Dredge the balls in the flour, followed by the egg and then thoroughly coat them in the powdered cheese puff coating.

Heat the oil to 350 degrees F. and using a ladle carefully place the mac n cheese balls into oil and deep fry until the outside is nice and crispy, approx. 2 minutes. When done frying, transfer to a paper lined plate. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.

Serve with splash of hot sauce!

Enjoy!

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