Smoky Mac & PEI Cheddar Bites

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 1 h
  • Serves: 24 bites

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (1/2 lb/250 g) 500 mL
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, divided 125 mL
  • 2 tbsp butter 30 mL
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour 45 mL
  • 1¾ cups whole milk 425 mL
  • ½ tsp each smoked paprika, salt and pepper 2 mL
  • 2½ cups Canada 150 PEI Aged 2 Years Cheddar 625 mL
  • ½ cup roughly chopped chives 125 mL
  • 1 egg yolk

Directions

  • Step 1

    In large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook 1 min. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Continue whisking while bringing to a boil; simmer 5 min., or until thickened. Whisk in smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in each of the following, mixing in each ingredient before adding the next: 2 cups (500 mL) cheese, chives and egg yolk. Stir in drained cooked pasta; mix well.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Brush 24 mini-muffin tins with olive oil. Sprinkle bottom of each cup with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) panko.

  • Step 3

    Fill prepared mini muffin tins with macaroni and cheese mixture. Sprinkle top of each macaroni and cheese bite with remaining panko and cheese. Bake 15 min., or until cheese is golden brown and bubbling. Cool 10 min. before using small spoon to loosen edges around each bite before lifting out of muffin tins. Transfer to serving tray.

Tip

Swap smoked Cheddar cheese with aged Cheddar cheese and the smoked paprika for a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Per serving (2 bites)
  • Calories 210
  • Protein 9 g
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Sat fat 11 g
  • Cholesterol 45 mg
  • Carbohydrates 20 g
  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sugar 2 g
  • Sodium 260 mg