Make our Cheesecake Factory Fried Mac and Cheese Balls Recipe at home tonight for your family. TCF says they are, “Crispy Crumb Coated Macaroni and Cheese Balls. Served over a Creamy Marinara Sauce.”
Photo by Mark Guim
Cheesecake Factory Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
A Cheesecake Factory Copycat Recipe
Cheesecake Factory Fried Mac and Cheese Balls Recipe
- 3 cups Mac & Cheese store bought or homemade
- Butter as needed
- Vegetable Oil for frying
- 3 Eggs
- 3 tablespoon Milk
- 1 1/2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
- Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to taste
- Marinara Sauce store bought or homemade, to serve
- Freshly grated or shaved Parmesan Cheese to garnish
- Prepare mac & cheese according to recipe or instructions on box - cooking pasta just slightly under done (it will be easier to work with and will finish cook somewhat in the frying).
- Butter a large square glass pan.
- Place mac & cheese in pan. Spread out thinly.
- Place pan in the refrigerator until the mac & cheese is cold, about 2 hours.
- When fully chilled, remove from refrigerator to a work surface.
- Remove about a tablespoon of cold mac & cheese and form into a ball of about 1 1/2 inches.
- Place ball on a cookie sheet lined with foil.
- Repeat until all mac & cheese has been used.
- Place cookie sheet in freezer and chill for about 1 hour.
- Remove pan from freezer to to a work surface.
- One by one take each mac & cheese in your hands and compress to make them firmer and tighter.
- Place them back on the same cookie sheet. Return the sheet to the freezer for 1 more hour.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat.
- Preheat oven to 200°F.
- Crack eggs into a small bowl.
- Add milk. Whisk to beat. Set aside.
- In a medium to large bowl, place the Panko bread crumbs and salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
- Remove mac & cheese from freezer just when you are ready to cook, so they will stay chilled.
- A few at a time, dip mac & cheese balls in the egg mixture. Roll around to make sure to coat fully.
- Remove from egg mixture, allowing excess to drip off, and drop in the Panko bread crumbs. Roll around to coat each mac & cheese ball fully.
- A few at a time, do not crowd, carefully drop coated balls in the heated vegetable oil.
- Cook until they are light brown when they are done.
- Remove browned balls to a towel-cover plate to drain the oil.
- As balls are done, place on a new foil covered cooking sheet and place in preheated oven in a warm oven to keep warm while you cook the rest and until ready to serve.
- Place marinara sauce in a small sauce pan.
- Place on stovetop over medium heat and warm to a good serving temperature.
- Place several spoonfuls of warm marinara sauce on each serving plate.
- Place 2 to 4 warm mac & cheese balls onto marinara sauce.
- Ladle a little sauce on the top of the balls.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- Serve warm.
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