In March, we introduced our readers to rice cooker macaroni and cheese. This simple recipe cooks start to finish in the rice cooker in only 20 minutes - and it’s delicious. The Test Kitchen wanted to ramp up this recipe and make it suitable for football season. They decided the only thing better than macaroni and cheese is handheld macaroni and cheese.
Make the rice cooker mac and cheese the night before the big game and refrigerate it overnight. Before kickoff, heat the oil in your deep fryer to 350 degrees.
On a plate, combine breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and salt. Roll ¼ cup of the chilled rice cooker mac and cheese into a ball and repeat, setting them aside. Then dip each mac and cheese ball into an egg wash and roll them in the breadcrumb mixture.
Deep fry the balls for about 2 minutes, until they are golden brown. Drain the excess oil on a tray or plate lined with paper towels before serving.
Pile these mac and cheese balls high and serve with your favorite dipping sauces. We liked honey mustard, Frank’s Red Hot, and creamy blue cheese but the more the merrier. Buttermilk ranch, your favorite hot sauce, or even beer cheese (there’s always room for more melted cheese on gameday) are welcome additions. Turn on the game and get dipping.