Today has been a sad, sad day. If y’all aren’t passionate about any sports team in particular, just skip on down a few paragraphs to find what you came here for (:
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a HUGE fan of all things Carolina, but I am especially fond of my alma mater’s basketball team. Our team has had a rough couple of seasons due to injuries, academic scandals and just bad luck, and I’ve loved and supported Roy’s Boys through it all! But this year was supposed to be our year. We had the experienced seniors, depth from our bench and all the pieces needed to finally bring another national championship banner back to Chapel Hill. And we were SOOO close to getting that banner!! So when we lost everything this team and its seniors have been fighting for for the past four years on a wild buzzer beater, it hurt. It still hurt today, and it’s probably going to hurt for a while! I honestly think I will always get a little pang of “what might have been” in my stomach when I think back on this team and this season.
But do you know what usually puts a smile on my face? Well, the list is actually pretty long, but macaroni and cheese is pretty high up there. That’s where these yummy mac n cheese bites come into play!
Cheesy, delicious and bite-sized! Perfect for kids, great party food and adequate at numbing the pain when your team loses the national championship (: Enjoy!
Mac n Cheese Bites
Yield: about 18 bites
What You’ll Need
- 1 1/2 cups of dry elbow noodles, cooked
- 6 tablespoons of cold butter, cut into pieces
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 8 oz. of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 oz. of parmesan cheese (or feel free to mix it up with other types of cheese!!)
- 2 oz. of cream cheese, shredded cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup of milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
What You’ll Do
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, grease your muffin tins and cook your pasta according to the directions on the box.
- Drain your pasta and place in a large bowl. Add the cold butter and mix.
- Add the eggs and mix thoroughly.
- Add the shredded cheeses, cream cheese, milk, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
- Use a spoon to fill your prepared muffin tins about a third of the way full.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the bites are bubbly and golden! Let the bites cool completely before removing from the muffin tins.
Although the mac n cheese bites didn’t quite mend this Carolina girl’s broken heart, they did put a smile on my face. Try them out and let me know what you think! Go mac n cheese and go Heels!!