At our Thanksgiving family gatherings, macaroni and cheese is as much of a tradition as is the turkey. My favorite parts of macaroni and cheese are the cheesy topping and the crusty edges. What if you could achieve that in a hand-held macaroni and cheese bite that’s baked to perfection in a muffin tin? Well, you can with this delicious Make Ahead Muffin Tin Mac & Cheese. It’s easy to make, tastes incredible whether it’s hot or cold, can be refrigerated and reheated, and best of all, freezes beautifully. Who could ask for more?
Ingredients for Make Ahead Muffin Tin Mac & Cheese:
The ingredients for these delicious Make Ahead Muffin Tin Mac & Cheese packages include elbow macaroni, unsalted butter, cream cheese, milk, egg, dry mustard, cheddar cheese, Fontina cheese, Panko bread crumbs, olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper.
I started by cooking the macaroni in salted boiling water for 7 minutes.
After 7 minutes, I drained the macaroni in a colander, and dumped it into a large mixing bowl. I added the butter and cream cheese to the hot macaroni, and stirred the mixture to melt the butter and cream cheese, and coat the macaroni. Then, I added the milk and egg, and continued stirring to evenly incorporate the milk and egg into the mixture. That was followed by the addition of the dry mustard, salt, freshly ground black pepper, and the cheddar and Fontina cheeses. I stirred the mixture to ensure that everything was well mixed.
Using a large ice cream scoop, I added the macaroni mixture to my well buttered muffin pan. I topped the macaroni mixture with reserved cheddar cheese and Fontina cheese, and Panko bread crumbs that had been mixed with a bit of olive oil.
Into the Oven:
Into a preheated 350° F oven the macaroni went for 35 minutes until the top was bubbly and golden brown, and the macaroni well set.
I let the macaroni cool for 10 minutes before transferring the bites from the muffin tin to a wire rack.
I ended up with a dozen incredibly versatile Make Ahead Muffin Tin Mac & Cheese bites. They’re equally delicious whether hot or cold. In addition, they can be easily refrigerated and reheated. Best of all, they freeze beautifully, which is the Make Ahead part, and are readily on hand for your Thanksgiving or anytime feast. Yum!