Friday, February 6, 2009

Superbowl: 3 Cheese Mini-Macs

The mini-macs are a big crowd pleaser - it makes people go, aw, now THAT's clever! even though it's quick and easy. I got a lot of "That's smart for a superbowl party!" so I guess I did something right...

These macs were super-cheesed up: Parmesan, Cheddar, and American Cheese. Yup, that makes 3. If you're like me, you're like "The more cheese the better... CHEESE! I Love Cheese! Cheese + Me = Love Foreva!"

I didn't use mini-cupcake tins - I actually just used regular ones since, well to be honest - that's all I had. It's supposed to make 48 mini-macs but actually made about 24 regular sized ones.


1/2 lb elbow mac
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk (I used skim)
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (1 packed cup)
4 ounces deli American cheese, chopped
1 large egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika (Spanish? Yeah, I just used the one I found at D'ags)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the macaroni until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain, shaking off the excess water.
  2. Brush four 12-cup, nonstick mini muffin tins with butter. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the Parmigiano; tap out the excess.
  3. 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.
  4. Spoon slightly rounded tablespoons of the macaroni into the prepared muffin cups, packing them gently. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmigiano on top.
  5. 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
Sidenote: You can prepare all the stuff ahead time up to Step 4

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