Mac And Cheese Bites Recipe – Easy Party Appetizer

 

These mac and cheese bites are such a great party appetizer to serve because you don’t have to worry about any dips or sides to assist with flavor. They are good enough to stand on their own because when you have a dish that is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside… everyone wins!

mac and cheese bites

These comfort food favorites are a crowd-pleaser, for sure. Use this mac n’ cheese bites for your next holiday party, office bash, or your child’s birthday celebration – it all works. 

No matter how old we get, everyone still loves mac and cheese. It’s my kids’ favorite meal for dinner and as an adult today, I still always order it as a side when I go out to eat. These party appetizers will disappear as soon as you serve them. 

Now, full disclosure, this is not a diet-friendly recipe because there is half and half used, but listen! Your guests will THANK YOU for that extra fat because the richness and the creaminess of this ingredient is what makes these macaroni and cheese bites so divine. 

The only ingredients that you will need to run out and get because you probably don’t have them in your pantry are Velveeta cheese and half and half. Other than that, I feel everything else is pretty standard. Nothing too crazy on my list! 

mac & cheese bites

Cooking As A Casserole Instead

And by the way, if you don’t want to make these into bites and if you’d prefer to make this into a casserole, you could just toss everything into a baking dish! You just need to adjust the baking time by 15-20 minutes or until the edges begin to bubble.  Keep an eye on it should you decide to try to switch this up. 

What Kind Of Pan Should I Use To Bake The Bites?

The pan that I used for this recipe is mini-muffin sized – just to give you an idea for measurement. 

Ingredients For Mac And Cheese Bites 

  • 3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs (or use finely crushed crackers)
  • 1 cup dry elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions and drained
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1/4 cup half and half (or use milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Optional: If you’d like to use a 1/2 onion and 2 cloves of garlic instead of the powders, make sure you finely dice everything together and then sautee until translucent. Then mix in with cooked pasted and place into prepared baking pan. 

How To Make Mac And Cheese Bites

mac n' cheese bites

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle bread crumbs on the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

mac n cheese bites

Combine cooked pasta, butter, cheese, and half and half in a saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until all cheese is melted. Remove from heat and stir in egg and spices.

baked macaroni

Use a 2 tablespoon portion scoop to scoop macaroni and cheese mixture into prepared baking pan. Top with additional bread crumbs.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the center is set. Let set in pan for 2 minutes. To remove, loosen on the side with a fork and pop out of the pan. Makes 18-20 mini bites

macaroni and cheese bites baked

What Can I Add To These Mac And Cheese Bites?

Macaroni and cheese bites can be customized to include a variety of different flavors including jalapeno peppers or crispy bacon. You could also add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes if you guests like a little heat! 

easy party finger food

Tips For Homemade Mac And Cheese Bites

Hands down – the best part about homemade mac and cheese are those crispy edges, right? I mean, we all love the boxed versions and grew up eating those bowls throughout our lives. But nothing beats the crispy top you break into when handed a homemade mac and cheese dish. 

For these mac n cheese bites, you will absolutely get those crispy edges, but you have to be careful since we are cooking such small amounts at a time. That’s why the time is only 10-12 minutes. We don’t want to overcook. While crispy edges are great, burnt ones are not. 

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Related Recipes

If you are looking for more creamy pasta dishes to serve to guests, here are some of my favorites on the blog. 

Print This Mac N’ Cheese Bites Recipe 

I’m always looking for new hors d’ouerves for parties that are finger food and this one takes the cake! It’s almost like a baked pasta pie if you think about it. Consider serving my spinach dip in bread bowl recipe right alongside it! 

And how often do you get to pull out your mini muffin pan?  These mac n’ cheese bites promise to be a real crowd-pleaser.

Mac And Cheese Bites Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs (or use finely crushed crackers)
  • 1 cup dry elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions and drained
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1/4 cup half and half (or use milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: If you'd like to use a 1/2 onion and 2 cloves of garlic instead of the powders, make sure you finely dice everything together and then sautee until translucent. Then mix in with cooked pasted and place into prepared baking pan.

Instructions


    Preheat oven to 350 and grease a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle bread crumbs on the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

    Combine cooked pasta, butter, cheese and half and half in a saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until all cheese is melted. Remove from heat and stir in egg and spices.

    Use a 2 tablespoon portion scoop to scoop macaroni and cheese mixture into prepared baking pan. Top with additional bread crumbs.

    Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the center is set. Let set in pan for 2 minutes. To remove, loosen on the side with a fork and pop out of the pan.

    Makes 18-20 mini bites

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