Monday, September 12, 2011

Paula Dean's Fried Mac 'N Cheese

Is there really anything more we need to say when the title of a dish is "Fried Mac 'n Cheese"???  Not really!  I have long wanted to try and make this southern delicacy ever since I had it at a lovely restaurant in Atlanta called Agnus and Muriel's.  As I pondered where to find the best recipe for such a dish I thought who better to reference than the most Southern of all cooks, Paula Dean herself!  I thought if anyone knows something about cheesy, butter and how to fry it she would know.  Alas I was correct!  She had a lovely recipe that I used though I will make a couple changes simply to suit my own tastes!  ENJOY!

Paula Dean's Fried Mac 'N Cheese

Peanut oil, for frying
1 recipe "The Lady's Cheesy Mac" prepared, chilled in the refrigerator overnight, and cut into 15 bite-sized squares, recipe follows
Flour, for dredging
1 egg, beaten
Plain bread crumbs, for dredging

Heat 2 inches of oil in a large, heavy Dutch oven to 350 degrees F.
Dredge each Cheesy Mac square in flour, then egg, and then bread crumbs to coat. 
Love cooking with Michael!  He is always game to try anything!
Fry for about 1 minute on each side until golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving.

"The Lady's Cheesy Mac":
4 cups cooked elbow macaroni, drained
2 cups grated Cheddar (I would use Velveeta instead as I think it gives the Mac 'N Cheese a creamier consistency)
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Once you have the macaroni cooked and drained, place in a large bowl and while still hot, add the Cheddar.
In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and add to the macaroni mixture. 
Pour macaroni mixture into a casserole dish and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. 
Top with additional cheese, if desired.
While we were at it we thought we would try some jalapeno poppers as well....I hear they turned out great!  I, myself, was too much of a wimp to try it!
What else would you have with fried mac 'n cheese than a huge pot of chili???
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